More than 93,000 people in Alabama suffer with Alzheimer’s disease, which creeps into the lives of active people and gradually takes away memory and ability and connection with what they’ve always known.
“The pace of the disease is unpredictable, but the first stage can last years,” wrote New York Times reporter N.R. Kleinfield in a recent story. “It is a wicked diagnosis. People retreat from it. It carries an unfortunate stigma, encouraging people to mask their condition until it is impossible to conceal it any longer. They do not want to be cast off, seen as broken.”
Long deep in the fray surrounding the dread condition, the organization called Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama has taken a stand to help those suffering from the disease and their families, in a decidedly genteel way: a garden party.
The annual Garden Art Party hosted by Alzheimer’s of Central Alabama has raised more than $2.2 million for local programs in behalf of Alzheimer’s sufferers and their families. The party this year kicks off at 7 p.m. on May 7 and features a live auction offering trips, entertainment and dining packages, artwork and jewelry.
Every year, artwork created by Alzheimer’s patients from assisted living facilities and adult day care centers is featured in the auction.
For each of Alabama’s 93,000 Alzheimer’s patients, there are families many of them served by ACA’s efforts. “The organization provides education and has funded 23 research grants at Alabama universities,” according to press material. “ ACA also supplies Project Lifesaver bracelets which help locate patients at risk for wandering.”
The event will be held at Iron City, 513 22nd Street S. Tickets for the Garden Art Party are $95.00 per person. For tickets, or more information about the party or about Alzheimer’s disease contact Vance Holder at firstname.lastname@example.org, call (205) 871-7970, or visit alzca.org.