My mom and dad live with my brother Doug, and I usually see my parents a few times a week. We'll go to the doctors' office or to a movie or out to eat or to the nail salon. My parents have entrusted me with their finances, and so I manage their money and their bills. I'm the oldest of their four. My mom is in late stage Alzheimer's, and last week it finally happened. She didn't know who I was. My sister-in-law Kim had to explain to her who I was and that I could be trusted to take care of her.
Doug took this picture of Mom yesterday - my sister came in for a little visit and all went out for lunch with an aunt and a cousin. Mom lives in the moment. She has no past she can remember, and I don't think she has a concept of the future. But she's pleasant. She may get confused and definitely needs help with daily tasks, which Kim does a fabulous job with. This picture captures her "in the moment" face.
In February my Chicago Modern Quilt Guild worked on art quiltl for the Alzheimer's Art Quilt Initiative, a small grass-roots fundraising organization started by Ami Simms. The number of donated quilts is astounding - so many of us are being impacted by this disease. Medications are expensive and often trial-and-error. Funding is crucial for research and support. Here are the quilts made by my guild - notice that almost 10,000 quilts have been donated to this project. Overwhelming, isn't it?