My letter to the editor was included in today's opinion article "The aid-in-dying question" in The Washington Post. It is a direct response to the opinion article "Canada, there's time to rethink this risky expansion to euthanasia" from January 27. Click here to read my response.
My play Dementia Man is my about journey and confronts the tragedy narrative of receiving an Early-Stage Alzheimer's diagnosis. I discuss my diagnosis, my play, and my thoughts about turning into someone--not something--else at the Minding Dementia Summit 2024.
Samuel A. Simon reunites with Lori La Bey and Mary Crescenzo of Alzheimer's Speaks about receiving his Early-Stage Alzheimer's diagnosis and his newest play Dementia Man, An Existential Journey. Listeners will learn about how audiences are reacting to Dementia Man, improv and the power of "yes, and...", Sam's "moments of meaning", and what's next for Sam.
Learn more about Alzheimer's Speaks' Dementia and the Arts™ educational video series here: https://alzheimersspeaks.com/dementia-and-the-arts/
Watch on Sam's interview on YouTube: https://youtu.be/t4_KaizOFZ0
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Dementia Spring Foundation has announced their 2023 Impact Award winners after a multi-month review process of reviewing over 60 applications of visual and performing artists who are bringing new stories of dementia to life. It is an absolute honor that my play, Dementia Man, An Existential Journey, has been selected!
“The Dementia Spring Foundation is delighted to collaborate with this talented artist and support him in continuing to bring his project to life. “
As an award recipient, Dementia Spring will offer their expertise and resources to help bring my play to life and reach everyone who needs to see it in 2024 and beyond. To view the exciting announcement on YouTube, click here.
Steve Gurney of Positive Aging Community facilitates a live, interactive discussion with Samuel A. Simon
As someone whose life has been transformed through the disease, it is now my purpose -- through the arts and theatre -- to help raise awareness and foster dignity and meaning for all of us on this road. And, of course, to find a cure.
Please enjoy this live and interactive discussion facilitated by Steve Gurney and Positive Aging Community, who have been leaders in finding resources and advocating for the care and dignity of seniors for 30 years. (Fun fact: Steven Gurney and my wife Susan first met when she was employed at one of the senior living facilities in our community. That was almost 15 years ago.)
It is possible to live a meaningful and productive life with Alzheimer's with community support and accommodation.
Click here to watch the entire interview and discussion on YouTube.
Samuel A. Simon's book The Actual Dance, Love's Ultimate Journey Through Breast Cancer has just received a Bronze Medal in Biographical - Survival in the Global Book Awards!
The Actual Dance is a love story with a happy ending told through the eyes and heart of a husband as he struggles with his worst fears in what everyone expects to be his wife’s losing battle to breast cancer.
The story takes the reader on an emotional but uplifting journey that rewards them with an unexpected happy ending, and a universal, life-affirming lesson of hope and faith.
To learn more about The Actual Dance, the book and the play, visit TheActualDance.com
You're invited to attend this live & interactive virtual discussion featuring playwright and actor of Dementia Man, An Existential Journey, and Steve Gurney, founder of Positive Aging Community. Please share!
Watch here https://www.retirementlivingsourcebook.com/videos/dementia-man-an-existential-journey-discussion-with-sam-simon-playwright-actor
To read Steve Gurney's review of Dementia Man, An Existential Journey at Capital Fringe 2023, click here.
Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) interviews Samuel (Sam) A. Simon to discuss Sam's transition from a career as a lawyer into an actor and playwright, the extraordinary reception of the first presentation of Dementia Man, An Existential Journey at APAP in January 2023, what's next for Sam and the play, and the power of the arts! Read the conversation here.
Sam Simon and Dementia Man have been featured in the ARTS. WORK. LIFE. Podcast by the Association of Performing Arts Professionals (APAP).
Listen wherever you get podcasts! Tune in to S02 E06 - Breaking Out of the Box. Interview begins at minute 19:20.