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Sheboygan, WI - The Weill Center for the Performing Arts is providing a weekend of Glen Campbell music and dementia awareness starting Friday, March 31.

Starting off the weekend, watch the touching documentary about Glen Campbell’s farewell tour after being diagnosed with Alzheimer's Disease. The movie will play at 4 & 7pm on Friday, March 31. Free Virtual Dementia Tours will be provided by Pine Haven Christian Community from 2 until 7 that same day.

Memory loss, vision impairment, and sensitivity to sounds are just a few of the symptoms that people with dementia may have to deal with everyday. Dementia is not treatable or reversible.

The virtual dementia tour involved putting on special equipment intended to simulate the way people with dementia are able to see, feel, and hear daily.

Many of us know someone who is diagnosed with dementia, or is in the early stages of the disorder. Thanks to the trained facilitators at Pine Haven Christian Community, I was able to get a glimpse of what it is like for those with dementia.

I began by putting a shoe insert covered with plastic spikes into my shoes to get a feel for the pain many people with dementia experience in their feet. Next I put on goggles that are tinted yellow with blue in the center to show how dementia can affect vision. I also wore headphones that were plugged into an iPod that played static background noise that impaired my hearing. Rough gloves made touching very difficult and impeded my fine motor skills.

Next I was given a set of simple everyday activities and sent into a room to do them. I was terrified and very confused! Trying to remember what I was doing seemed impossible. Concentrating on simple tasks was very frustrating. I found myself scared and unsure of what I was supposed to do next. I only had to endure the nightmare of dementia for a short eight minutes. 

I am 21-years old and have never really thought about dementia, or what it must be like for someone. The dementia tour was eye opening for me. Reflecting on how I felt during those eight minutes made me more aware of how people with dementia feel everyday. I can now empathize and assist dementia patients in a way that I wasn’t able prior to the tour. I strongly encourage everyone who has the opportunity, to take the dementia tour.

“People with dementia are still the people they were before the disease,” said Denise Walter, Life Enrichment Coordinator at Pine Haven, “although you sometimes have to draw it out. But when you see that, you want to go above and beyond to help them really be themselves – and learn all you can to truly make a difference.”

Following this event, on Saturday, April 1st at 7:30pm, Jimmy Webb - The Glen Campbell Years will feature the best of Glen Campbell’s work. Jimmy Webb is a Grammy Award winner for music, lyrics, and orchestration. While partnering with Glen Campbell, the two talented musicians worked on over one hundred recordings. This will be a great tribute to Glen Campbell and will complete a wonderful weekend at the Weill Center.

Ticket Special: For every ticket purchased to see Jimmy Webb – The Glen Campbell Years, receive a complimentary movie ticket to the March 31st showing of Glen Campbell's documentary film, “I'll Be Me.”

Tickets are available in the Ticket Office, by calling 920-208-3243 or by visiting weillcenter.com.

The Ticket Office is open 9 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Visit weillcenter.com for more details about this performance and other shows coming to the Weill Center.

About the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts

As a non-profit organization, the Weill Center provides one-of-a-kind experiences for all ages through live performances performed in Sheboygan’s preserved historic theater.

On October 7, 1996, the Weill Center Foundation, Inc. was established for the preservation and restoration of the Sheboygan Theater. 15 years ago on October 13, the theater re-opened as the Stefanie H. Weill Center for the Performing Arts. Since the Weill Center historic theater is also home to several local performing art groups including the Sheboygan Symphony Orchestra, Sheboygan Area Youth Symphony and the Sheboygan Concert Association.

The theater receives no public funding, but relies solely upon the earned income and donations from generous corporations, foundations, families and individuals, plus the efforts of an amazing group of more than one hundred volunteers. Thank you for 15 years of spectacular music, dance and comedy!