Simon Turley's play about the experiences of a man living with the onset of dementia is to be performed at the Eden Project in Cornwall. State of Nature explores the experiences of the character Patrick, a man developing dementia with Lewy Bodies, creating a story that Mr Turley says is about "loss of memory, and ultimately, loss of identity". The inspiration for the play came from the writer's work came from his grandmother and his uncle, both of whom succumbed to dementia later in life. "This condition shares several symptoms with Parkinson's disease, as well as having the vivid hallucinations and persistent misappropriations of other dementias," he said. State of Nature will be running at the Eden Project from November 17th to the 25th. Dementia with Lewy Bodies accounts for around ten per cent of all dementia cases among older people, although there is a belief that it is being under-diagnosed, according to the Alzheimer's Society.
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