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Science and Theatre Join to Celebrate Alzheimer Day

Science and Theatre Join to Celebrate Alzheimer Day

Northwestern Memorial Hospital is once again hosting its annual Alzheimer Day.  This May 9th event allows the public the opportunity to chat with scientists, hear about new research, and attend a reading of a play by a professional Chicago theatre company.

Alzheimer Day kicks off with a keynote speech by the Director of the Mayo Alzheimer’s Research Center, Dr. Ronald Peterson.  Dr. Peterson is a leading researcher in the field of Alzheimer’s and non-Alzheimer’s dementia, focusing on the stage between normal aging and Alzheimer’s disease.  His speech, entitled “The Current and Future National Landscape of Alzheimer’s Disease”, promises to include the latest news and research on this important topic.

Following the speech and a lunch is a reading of the play “Still Alice”.  Presented by the Looking Glass Theatre Company, this play is a world-premiere adaptation based on the award-winning novel by the same name.  The story is about a professor who, while studying the human brain, begins to succumb to Alzheimer’s disease.  Heartbreaking and hopeful, this reading will bring the journey of the disease to life.  After the performance, a discussion with the director of the play and Northwestern’s clinicians will be held.

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Freedom Home Care is a proud sponsor of the event and will have an exhibit booth on site. Alzheimer’s Day is an experience not to be missed.  The event is free, though registration is required. Sign up before Thursday to secure your spot.

For more information or to register, please visit brain.northwestern.edu

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