Ami Simms posted this on her blog: “This Sunday, September 21, 2008, is World Alzheimer’s Day. It is a day to remember the 26.6 million people worldwide who have this vile disease that will eventually rob them of the ability to remember and to reason. It will take from them every skill they ever learned and every relationship they ever held dear. And for most, they will watch this thief at work in their own minds.”
Her mother, like millions of others, is suffering from this disease. The loved ones of those with AD are suffering as well – suffering from watching their loved one deteriorate, grieving the loss of the person they once were, and accepting the emptiness that they are slowly becoming. It’s heartbreaking. I worked at a nursing home prior to my current job, and it broke my heart watching the residents I had come to know and love take a turn for the worse as the result of this terrible disease.
So please, take a moment to create a virtual quilt patch in someone’s honor to remember them. And check out Ami Simms’s Alzheimer’s Art Quilt Initiative – all proceeds from the quilt auctions go directly to research for Alzheimer’s.