World Alzheimer’s Day, September 21st of each year, aims to raise awareness on the most common form of dementia, increased among people aged 65+ with a progressive decline in memory, thinking, language and learning capacity. It is estimated that every 3 seconds, someone in the world develops dementia and at least 44 million people are living with dementia.
Using drama/street play to raise awareness of Alzheimer’s on the World Alzheimer’s Day with the theme “Remember me” was the idea of the doctor’s from psychiatry department of Yenepoya University to get people to think positively about how to be with people who have dementia, to provide encouragement & support for people with dementia, so they realise they are not alone.The play was entirely conceptualized and performed by staff and post-graduates of the Department of Psychiatry.
The audience received the play very well and got good feedbacks from everywhere. It helped the audience with a lot of things which they didn’t know about Alzheimer’s and it also provided a safe space for people to share their own experiences as has happened following previous performances.