Granny Pearl Play
Granny Pearl is a play showing how aging and Alzheimer’s disease can affect African-American families. The story describes the signs of Alzheimer’s as observed by teenage grandchildren and highlights their struggle to cope with changes in their grandmother’s behavior. The importance of seeking medical and spiritual help and maintaining a supportive, loving home environment is stressed. The University of Kentucky Alzheimer’s Disease Center worked with the local faith community to recruit volunteers to stage three live performances in 2007 that reached 300 people. The partnership made available a DVD of the performance, targeted at church and community youth groups.