Alzheimer’s disease is still a poorly understood illness, not only in the way it develops, but also how it affects caregivers.
It is now the sixth leading cause of death in the United States, but advocates say Alzheimer’s research does not get the time or money it needs.
So, the play “Surviving Grace,” is trying to fill that gap. It’s a bittersweet comedy that follows a TV producer whose mother’s memory is slowly fading, and it has been touring around the country, raising funds and awareness.
A cast of local celebrities will be reading from the play tonight at 7 p.m. in the North Carolina Museum of History. The actors include Gov. Pat McCrory, TV star Loni Anderson, and public radio’s own Diane Rehm.