Endorsed by Curators:
Every sixty-seven seconds, someone is diagnosed with Alzheimers disease. Arts & AGEing, KC (AAKC) has created an innovative and powerful way to raise community awareness about Alzheimers disease. Seven Stages Seven Stories is an original self-revelatory play that has grown and evolved organically out of personal interviews, support groups and processes of deep listening. Many people have shared their life stories, and AAKC has designed a process to weave them together with spoken word, dance, music, and poetry.
The play evolves, taking on a different flavor with different actors, storytellers, and stories.The stories are true. All the stories are shared openly with care, with love, and with laughter. In the world of dementia, things are not always what they seem. Time and space become subjective as living with dementia emphasizes moment-to-moment living. Seven Stages Seven Stories allows the audience to experience the disease process firsthand and learn about memory loss and dementia, as well as the issues and concerns of caregivers.
Seven Stages Seven Stories is an intergenerational program that brings together older adults and youth that have family or friends with memory loss. The experiential arts-inspired process challenges preconceived notions and ideas about growing older and Alzheimers. Myths and stereotypes are dispelled and an intentional space for new conversations about memory loss and caretaking are explored. The goal is to increase a sense of community for all ages and support youth in rethinking and reimagining their future selves.
Join us and create your own self-revelatory theater using the program Seven Stages Seven Stories. Help members of your community reveal accounts of resilience, resourcefulness, patience, understanding, laughter and love while educating the public through engaging stories about Alzheimers.
-Deb Campbell, Founder & Executive Director Arts & AGEing, KC