Quilt to Remember

AFA Social Services Health Guide
  • Feel the warmth of the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember, the nation's first grand-scale quilt that pays tribute to the deceased and individuals living with Alzheimer's disease, as well as their caregivers and healthcare professionals.
       The fall 2008 tour of the quilt kicks off in September, with displays in Washington, D.C., on September 4-6 at the AARP National Expo, and in San Francisco, on September 19-20 in Union Square. From there, the heartfelt collection of 100+ quilts moves to New York City, with an exhibit on November 5-7 at the Port Authority Bus Terminal.

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       In addition to viewing this powerful quilt, we encourage you to contribute your own panel to this ongoing initiative. Many caregivers tell AFA that crafting a quilt block is not only a wonderful way to celebrate a loved one's life, but it is a therapeutic activity that helps with grieving.
        In doing so, you'll also be helping AFA reach its goal for the AFA Quilt to Remember: AFA recently challenged people across America to patch together their own stories of loved ones in order to multiply the quilt's size six-fold--to add another 500 quilts by November 2009, National Alzheimer's Disease Awareness Month. With tha t, when laid out side by side, the panels composing the AFA Quilt to Remember would span approximately 2,900 square feet-the width of 40 Olympic size swimming pools.
        For details, visit www.alzquilt.org.

Published On: August 29, 2008