Alzheimer’s Blues

There are times in life that are so challenging, the only thing left to do is laugh. When my mom was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease, I became a caregiver.

As things went from bad to worse, I found a way from despair to humor—then wrote a play about it.

Alzheimer’s Blues is a surreal look into the lives and minds of a mother and daughter, a story about life, death and love, but mostly love.

Me (as Mom) with her stuffed cat, Mouse

Me (as Mom) with her stuffed cat, Mouse


Alzheimer’s started as a blog on Open Salon in 2011, shortly after my mom’s diagnosis. In 2012 I wanted to bring my experiences to the stage, and met with my friend and director Cheryl King. With Cheryl’s help, a stack of blog posts was gradually crafted into a play. My husband and co-author L.E. Swenson contributed several scenes. Portions of the play were workshopped at Stage Left Studio in 2012. The play premiered at Stage Left in June 2013 with the working title, The Year of Dead Cats.