I had never really thought much about Alzheimer’s until I viewed a quilt exhibit at an AQS quilt show a few years ago. The Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative did a fantastic job at bringing attention to the plight of the person diagnosed with Alzheimer and those who are the caregivers. One particular quilt made a huge impression on me. This quilt was made of blocks which were the same photo of an elderly woman. Starting at the upper left, the photo was vibrant and full of color…as your eyes moved along the quilt, the photo started to fade. At the bottom right hand corner, the last quilt block, the photo was almost completely faded out. It took a quilt to get this “visual” gal’s attention!
This fall, there will be a nationwide walk to raise awareness and funds for Alzheimer’s research and support. It is called the Memory Walk 2007 and is being headed by the Alzheimer’s Association. I’m not going to be able to commit to walking this year, but I wanted to share some of the walk information in hopes that some of you all would walk. I’ve checked my local area to see if there is a team and there is not….this discovery really surprises me! So, if you’re in the Tri-Cities area there is an opening for a Team Captain!
Since this walk is nationwide, if there is no one signed up as a Team Captain, you can walk as part of another team…like the Creative Memories Team! Be sure to sign up early and start getting ready for your walk!
Be sure to head on over to the Alzheimer's Association site to get all the Memory Walk 2007 details. While there at the site, you can find out about current and future research, how to live with Alzheimer, news and events plus a lot more.
I hope you all will consider walking for this worthy cause...it’s a nice thing to do. Remember what Bill and Ted said, “Be excellent to each other”!!