Alzheimer’s disease affects millions of people across the U.S., however African Americans are two times more likely to develop the debilitating neurological disorder than other races and also are less likely to have an early diagnosis, resulting in less treatment time.
A part of improving those statistics involves awareness within African American communities.
That is why Baylor College of Medicine’s Alzheimer’s Disease and Memory Disorders Center, African Americans Against Alzheimer’s and GD Productions are teaming up to bring Garrett Davis’ national award-winning stage play, “Forget Me Not,” to Houston.
Many families sometimes dismiss the warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, believing memory loss and other symptoms are a part of normal aging. The play focuses on just such a situation – a family struggling to accept and manage their father’s illness. It is meant to not only bring to light the difficult decisions families must make, but also to educate the viewers on the disease.
“Forget Me Not” comes to the Hobby Center for the Performing Arts for a one-time performance, Saturday, Aug. 1, at 2 p.m. as part of a national tour. Tickets are free of charge but preregistration is required. Watch a preview of the play and register for tickets here.