Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre

Sunnybrook and Women's College Health Sciences Centre

November 16, 2005 11:54 ET

S&W event brings actors and clinicians together to discuss dementia

Research-based play helps loved ones cope with dementia Attention: Arts/Entertainment Editor, City Editor, Health/Medical Editor, Lifestyle Editor, News Editor TORONTO/ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - Nov. 16, 2005) - A new dramatic play that draws on more than 10 years of research on the complexities of life with dementia, and includes gripping portraits of adult children who care for their aging parents, offers new understanding of an often frightening and misunderstood condition.

"This is truly 'dramatic therapy'," says Dr. Christine Jonas-Simpson, Director of Nursing Research at Sunnybrook & Women's. "The play presents research findings from five studies related to dementia."

The research studies were conducted primarily by Dr. Jonas-Simpson and Dr. Gail Mitchell, Associate Professor, School of Nursing, York University. The researchers collaborated with the playwright and director, Vrenia (EE) Ivonoffski of Ryerson Act II Studio, as well as the actors to translate qualitative research findings into this innovative and powerful production.

Following the play, a panel of Sunnybrook & Women's experts will answer questions.
* Dr. Heather MacDonald, Medical Director, Aging & Veterans Care Program
* Dr. Jocelyn Charles, Family Physician & Physician Leader, Cognitive Support Units
* Dr. Nathan Herrmann, Head, Division of Geriatric Psychiatry

What: A research-based play on dementia followed by a panel discussion
When: November 16, 2005
Time: 6:30 - 8:30 p.m.

Speak 1:1 with play performers and panel experts. Interviews can be made available upon request.

Contact Information

  • Christine Henry, Communications Advisor
    Primary Phone: 416-480-4040