Handmaker to host ‘Mind Games 2’ reception

Handmaker Jewish Services for the Aging will present Denise Camille Frye, the author of “Into the Fog,” for a talk and book-signing at “Mind Games 2” on Thursday, April 11 at 7 p.m.

The event will serve as a virtual groundbreaking ceremony for the Paul and Lydia Kalmanovitz Elder-Care Center for dementia, geriatric-psychiatric care and Alzheimer’s disease, a project of the Handmaker Foundation and Tucson Medical Center.

Frye’s novel focuses on Nikki Ford, a 60-year-old woman who’s resigned to living her golden years alone. Then she finds love and also discovers that she has Alzheimer’s disease. “My brother’s mother-in-law has dementia,” Frye told the AJP from her home in Chattanooga, Tenn. “When I actually realized I ­couldn’t communicate with her, I thought, wouldn’t it be great if somebody could write a story from the perspective of someone who has Alz­heimer’s?”

“Mind Games 2” will include a champagne reception and gourmet desserts. Tickets are $36, which includes a signed copy of “Into the Fog.” RSVP by April 8 at www.handmakerfoundation.org or contact Howard Paley at 322-3632.