4 P.M. AND 5 P.M. INTERVIEW: "Steering into the Skid" play

Published: Apr. 20, 2018 at 10:54 AM CDT
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A play about memory loss and caregiving will be presented in Eau Claire.

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EAU CLAIRE, Wis. — An all-ages community play exploring dementia and its impact on caregiving relationships will be offered Tuesday, May 1, from 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. at Bethesda Lutheran Church, 123 W. Hamilton Ave., Eau Claire.

“Steering into the Skid” is a one-act play that tells the story of a loving couple and their experiences with the early stages of Alzheimer’s disease. In 12 short scenes, all taking place in the couple’s vehicle over one year, the audience will come to know the characters of Tim and Amanda, and explore the early progression of dementia. The audience will see the subtle changes and adjustments the characters are forced to deal with due to memory loss. A discussion about dementia and community resources will follow.

“This play can serve as a way to start a conversation about dementia,” says Timothy Young, M.D., a neurologist with Mayo Clinic Health System in Eau Claire. “It can be a good avenue to help remove the stigma and fear of a dementia diagnosis, and start conversations about the elements needed to truly create and support dementia-friendly communities.”

The play is sponsored by Mayo Clinic Health System and the Aging and Disability Resource Center of Eau Claire County. Cost is free and includes a light dinner. Reservations are required. Register online at or call 715-839-4735.