Sandy and Anna, master quilters, have been busy with a project I suggested to them.
My mom suffered from a type of dementia at the end of her life. The doctor said it wasn’t really Alzheimer’s and I was grateful for that.
She always remembered who I was, and every weekend we worked on a flower arrangement and a jigsaw puzzle.
She sometimes got confused or forgot things. She and I discussed her memory loss and she knew that she needed to be kept safe for when she did get confused. She was living in a memory care center with other people that suffered from different kinds of dementia or Alzheimer’s.
There was a condition that most of the people she lived with suffered from called sundowners. At the end of the day a terrible confusion would spread through the residents.
My mom didn’t usually catch the confusion but it would make her anxious. She usually went to her room to take a nap or read. When sundowner time came, she insisted that I leave as it was just too unsettling to be around during this time.
The anxiety and confusion these poor folks felt each and every day has stayed with me. These quilts are designed to be small, lap sized. All the little items on them offer a distraction to the confused mind.
All the amazing textures, buttons and zippers, little pockets are wonderful at sundown. The quilt on the left here has a plastic sleeve where you can insert a picture, too clever huh?
Thank you Sandy and Anna for all you do this is really going to make a difference and I know it’s going to help relieve a lot of the anxiety these people suffer from.
It is also shown that using your brain in creative new ways helps keep your memory active so not only are Sandy and Anna doing a wonderful thing for others but their brains are getting the benefit of creating this amazing art!
P.S. I hope they are also using up some of their quilt stash and scrap materials!