The Faces of Dementia: an Online Quilt
An online Facebook group has dedicated itself to remembering lost loved ones with dementia. The group created a touching virtual quilt composed of the faces and names of people who have been touched by dementia, that includes those who passed with the disease, those currently living with the disease, and their caregivers and family members. Learn more about this quilt and how it honors the fight against dementia.
Remembering People with Dementia Virtually
The online Facebook group called, “Memory People: Faces of Dementia” asked people worldwide who have been affected by dementia to participate in the virtual quilt, which is comprised of over 200 people affected by Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
The virtual quilt includes people living with dementia, people who have died from dementia, caregivers, health care professionals and family members — anyone who has been touched by dementia in any way. Participants submitted their own photos and quotes and designs for the quilt, which can be viewed here.
The quilt was sponsored by Memory People, an online Alzheimer’s and and dementia support group. The virtual quilt launched on November 7, 2013. Rick Phelps, founder of Memory People, said on Facebook that they created the quilt so that people could see there is life on the other side of dementia. Leanne Chames, Executive Director for Memory People, added that:
“It’s important for people to know they will make it through this journey. It is common some days to wonder how, but it seems we all just take another step forward; even through pain and loss.”
Honor a Loved One and Participate in the Virtual Quilt
With Alzheimer’s reaching epidemic proportions, almost everyone knows someone who can be on this quilt. The quilt is meant for anyone and everyone who has been touched by the disease, not just for people diagnosed with dementia.
If you would like to participate in the quilt, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org letting them know you are interested, and they will help you create the square honoring your loved one. You will be able to preview the final product before it is added on the quilt.
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