Play About Dementia Captivates Geriatric Professionals

Dawn Perdon, senior director of client services, welcomed guests and distributed information about Freedom’s elder care services.

Last Sunday, Freedom Home Healthcare hosted more than 50 guests for a special reading of “Absence,” a new play that chronicles one woman’s journey into the frightening world of memory loss and dementia.

The play, written by Peter Floyd and directed by Margaret Whitton, was held at the South Orange Performing Arts Center (SOPAC).

The title character, Helen, was splendidly portrayed by Academy Award-winning actress Olympia Dukakis. Throughout the play, the audience observed Helen slipping into a world of dementia and the impact the disease can have on loved ones.

“As a health care professional, I’ve attended numerous lectures, movies and readings about dementia,” said Dawn Perdon, senior director of client services at Freedom. “None of them came as close to capturing the true reality of dementia and how it alters an individual’s daily life as this play.”

Ms. Perdon also was on hand to greet guests and distribute information about Freedom’s services as well as beneficial communication tips for people with Alzheimer’s.

At the end of the performance, the audience was treated to a Q&A session with the entire cast. The session revealed that more than half of the attendees were currently dealing with or had dealt with a loved one suffering from dementia.

If you know someone dealing with memory loss, please contact your local Freedom office to speak with one of our eldercare advisors or care managers.

Freedom Home Healthcare is proud to spotlight Midtown Direct Rep’s goal of bringing Broadway to the residents of New Jersey who might otherwise not be able to attend a performance.

The actors and actresses of Maplewood/ South Orange, with the support of Midtown Direct Rep, continue to provide our neighbors the chance to see seasoned veterans of the performing arts.

Visit Midtown Direct Rep’s website for a list of future performances.