Students perform benefit highlighting struggles of with Alzheimer’s disease

BUCKSPORT — The Bucksport High School Drama Club will be producing and performing Alan Haehnel’s “Nora’s Lost” on Saturday, March 16, at 6 p.m. at the Bucksport Performing Arts Center.

Immediately following the performance, the cast and crew will host a reception to benefit Alzheimer’s care, support and research.

“Nora’s Lost” is a one-act play depicting the experience of a woman living with Alzheimer’s disease who wanders away from the assisted-living facility where she lives.

More than 5 million Americans are living with Alzheimer’s disease, the sixth-leading cause of death in the United States and the only disease among the top 10 causes that cannot be cured, prevented or even slowed. Additionally, more than 15 million family and friends provide care to people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias in the United States. In Maine alone, there are more than 28,000 people living with the disease and 69,000 caregivers.

“We produce a play ever year for the Maine Drama Festival but the content of this production inspired the students to do more than spread awareness after learning about what it is like to live with Alzheimer’s or love someone who does,” says Director Tara Woods. “The students chose to turn the reception after the performance into a fundraiser to benefit The Longest Day, an Alzheimer’s Association fundraising event held each year on the summer solstice symbolizing how every day feels like the longest day when Alzheimer’s is a part of your life.”

Admission is by donation. Desserts and beverages will be available, also by donation, at the reception with proceeds to benefit The Longest Day. Katie Luce of the Alzheimer’s Association will be present at the reception with information on Alzheimer’s education, care, support and research.

Learn more about the fundraiser at

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