A Collaboration With Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
I’m so proud to share a very special piece I recently painted in collaboration with the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA). AFA’s mission is to provide optimal care and services to individuals living with Alzheimer’s disease and to their families and caregivers. I have a very special connection to Alzheimer’s as my mother suffered from the disease. I saw first-hand the beneficial impacts that the creative arts can have on this sickness; my mother loved going to my studio and being immersed in artwork really helped her stay connected. To honor my Mother and the AFA for all the help they provide to those suffering from Alzheimer’s, I would like to present to you, Lights of Hope.
I have donated the original 60″ x 48″ oil on canvas painting to the AFA. 100% of the sale of the original painting will go completely towards the AFA to further their mission of helping others. In addition, 25% of the proceeds from the sale of any Limited Edition or Open Edition print of Lights of Hope will be donated to the AFA.
Understanding the Disease
Alzheimer’s disease is a progressive brain disorder that impacts memory, thinking and language skills, and the ability to carry out the simplest tasks. Alzheimer’s disease is the most common cause of dementia. Dementia itself is not a disease, but a term used to describe symptoms such as loss of memory, loss of judgment and other intellectual functions. Alzheimer’s disease can cause dementia.
What are signs and symptoms of Alzheimer’s disease?
Although each individual is unique, experts have identified common warning signs of Alzheimer’s disease, including:
- Memory loss, especially of recent events, names, places and other new information
- Confusion about time and place
- Struggling to complete familiar tasks such as brushing one’s teeth
- Trouble finding appropriate words, for example in a sentence
- Difficulties in judging situations
- Changes in mood and personality
It is important to note that Alzheimer’s disease is not a normal part of aging, and it is important to look for signs like these that might indicate Alzheimer’s disease versus basic forgetfulness or other conditions. With Alzheimer’s disease, these symptoms gradually increase and become more persistent.