Cracked: New Light on Dementia

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A play that speaks louder than words.   I had the pleasure of watching an “innovative research-based theatre production that raises important questions about the dominant ‘tragic’ ways persons with dementia are understood and treated in our society.” Based on research by health researchers, Dr. Sherry Dupuis and team highlight the very common experiences of families dealing (or not dealing) with the many issues surrounding dementia, including family reaction, the person’s own loss of sense of self, placement into Long Term Care and the inherent challenges of living in an institution. The talented actors play multiple roles as each grapple with their own journey with dementia. The premise of the play “is grounded in the idea that relationships must be front and centre when providing care for persons with dementia”.  Those of us in the field talk about person- centred care; however this is almost impossible to deliver in government funded settings.  The play provides food for thought, an opportunity to reflect and think about ways to interact differently.  The take away question for me was “how do you want to be seen?” If you have the opportunity to see the play, don’t miss it. I hope that they receive the funding that they require to continue performing so that their message can continue to be heard.

“Ring the bells that still can ring

Forget your perfect offering

There is a crack in everything

That’s how the light gets in”

-Leonard Cohen, Anthem

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