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ALZHEIMERS ART QUILT INITIATIVE
February 20, 2011

I suspect that every several people has someone in their family or someone they know who has Alzheimer's. It is really a heartbreaking illness, and creating quilts or donating to this good organization is a very healing thing to do, and hopefully one that will help others in the long run.

My Mother did not have Alzheimer's when she died, but she did have severe dementia. Dealing with her was horrible. One day she would seem semi-normal at least, but the very next day she would be so irrational that my brother and her felt like tearing our hair out. To make matters worse, my Dad might have had it some too, for he became very irrational about doing what was best for her well-being. I came to Texas where she was from California. She had open heart surgery shortly before I went there, and when my brother and I went to their home, we discovered my mom had not eaten hardly a thing for days, and my dad didn't seem to think there was anything wrong with that. He got angry that we were trying to get her to eat. He went to take a nap, and while he was asleep, she had a grand mal seizure and we had to call an ambulance. When he woke up, he was ready to try to kill both of us for sending her to the hospital. Total irrationality. Things just got worse and worse, and I ended up going back to California. She died after I left, and I really never got to tell her goodbye in a way that she understood or my dad understood. She never was rational again before she died. My dad died a year later and he really had pretty much become very irrational all the time. They were the only parents we had, and now they are gone and we never really got to say goodbye in a way that meant something.

Doing something for The Alzheimer's Initiative is just a small thing, but it is helping me a lot.

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I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...

I am just getting started.

Ways to make it better...

If I had to make changes to this organization, I would...

Just make it easier to find whom to send the quilts to and to get registered. It was hard to find that information and I still have not yet found the address.

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Was your donation impactful?

Unsure

How likely is it that you would recommend that a friend donate to this group?

Likely

How likely are you to donate to this group again?

Likely

What specific problem, purpose, priority, or project prompted your gift?

I have known about this organization for some time now, and have always believed in what it is doing.

Why did you make your donation at this time?

I signed up to either make a donation quilt each month or buy a quilt.

What would you tell others about this organization?

I think it is a good organization and one worthy of contributing to.

When was your last experience with this nonprofit?

2010

MY ROLE:
Donor & I committed to make or buy a quilt every month.