Northwestern Medicine and Lookingglass Theater Company Promote Alzheimers Disease Awareness

Northwestern Medicine
Neurosciences April 24, 2013

Northwestern Medicine® and the Lookingglass Theatre Company have partnered to promote awareness of Alzheimer’s disease, particularly as it affects people in the younger onset years – younger than 65, sometimes as young as the mid 40s to early 50s. Experts from Northwestern’s Cognitive Neurology and Alzheimer’s Disease Center (CNADC) will participate in a series of panel discussions following  upcoming productions of Still Alice, a play based on a best-selling novel by Lisa Genova.

The Lookingglass Theatre production is the world premier of the adaptation by Christine Dunford, who holds a PhD in performance studies from Northwestern University. In the story, Professor Alice Howland is a neuroscientist who is at the peak of her career when her own mind begins to falter with the early on-set of Alzheimer’s disease. Fiercely independent, she battles to preserve her way of life, even as confusion clouds her thinking and her memory begins to fail. 

Northwestern experts will participate in a series of free discussions inspired by Still Alice that address the many facets of an Alzheimer’s diagnosis:

Sunday, April 28 at 4:30pm
Living and Learning: A long and complicated journey begins with a diagnosis of Alzheimer's disease. This panel will look at the latest understanding of the disease, what the most recent research tells us, and where current trends in both science and care are leading.

Panelists Include:

Sunday, May 12 at 4:30pm
Living and Changing: It's a given that people with Alzheimer's disease can expect changes to occur. But what is the range of changes to body and mind, at what rate, and what are some adaptive responses? What kinds of care have mitigated some of these changes for both those with the disease and those around them?

Panelists Include:

  • Mary O'Hara, LCSW (Northwestern)
  • Sheila Chapman (Caregiver)

Saturday, May 18th at 4:30pm
Alzheimer's Disease and Family Challenges: Negotiating the changes in family dynamics and preserving a sense of self. A diagnosis of dementia can be viewed as a family illness, creating changes for all members of the family. This panel will explore the psychological and social challenges expressed by families and some of the strategies employed for resolution.

Panelists include:

  • Marcia Spira, PhD (Loyola University)
  • Darby Morhardt, MSW (Northwestern)
  • Lino Darchun (Caregiver)

The panels are free, but seating is limited. To purchase tickets to see Still Alice, visit the Lookingglass website or call 312.337.0665.

For more information on Alzheimer’s care and research at Northwestern, visit the CNADC website or call 312.926.0780 to find a physician.

Check out these NM Care Areas: