Security Health Plan of Wisconsin, Inc., supports The Aging and Disability Resource Center (ADRC) of Barron, Rusk and Washburn counties presentation of Steering into the Skid, a one-act memory care play to be held 11:30 a.m. Oct. 11, at 401 S. 1st St. in Cameron.

The play and facilitated discussion aims to increase the awareness of Alzheimer's disease and reduce the associated social stigma.

This program takes a unique approach to building awareness, sharing information and inviting open discussion. Audience members come together for a luncheon and watch a play together, followed by a conversation on memory loss, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease.

“Events like this are instrumental in public education and awareness of mental and behavioral health issues. Security Health Plan is always supportive of events that align with our organizational focus,” said Vice President of Community Health and Wellness Jason Shrader.

Steering into the Skid begins as audience members are introduced to Tim and Amanda, played by Twin Cities’ professional actors Jim Pounds and Danette McCarthy. In 12 short scenes, one per month and all taking place in Tim and Amanda’s vehicle, the audience is acquainted with the couple and witness the early progression of dementia. As the months pass, the audience sees the subtle changes and adjustments the couple is forced to deal with due to memory loss. 

To date, over 40 performances and conversations have taken place to address the isolation and fear associated with dementia. This unique experience uses theater and conversation to learn and make decisions about the future.

“Bringing Steering into the Skid to our community opens the door to conversation and the opportunity to reduce the stigma associated with Alzheimer's disease. Oftentimes art can touch people where science can't. This sponsorship allows us to continue the efforts of creating dementia friendly communities,” said Trisha Witham dementia care specialist at the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Barron, Rusk and Washburn counties.

All are welcome to attend the event and RSVP is required. Lunch is provided, followed by a performance of the play and a facilitated discussion. There is no cost to attend. For more information or to register for the event, please call the ADRC of Barron, Rusk and Washburn Counties at (715)537-6225.