You’ve probably seen all the yellow ribbon stickers and magnets on cars that symbolize support for our troops, and you probably know that pink ribbons are often used to show someone’s support for breast cancer awareness. If you see a purple ribbon on display, it may mean that someone has a loved one with Alzheimer’s disease.
Alzheimer’s disease is the most common form of dementia in adults – dementia being a serious loss of cognitive ability in a person who was previously unaffected by this problem. Alzheimer’s disease is degenerative, which means it gets progressively worse as time goes on. It is also incurable and terminal, meaning it has no real cure and Alzheimer’s patients eventually die with the disease.
Alzheimer’s affects more than the person with the condition.
Seeing a loved one suffer through the stages of Alzheimer’s is extremely difficult. I watched my grandmother go from a vibrant, outgoing woman to a shadow of her former self. She quickly went from “being a little forgetful” to forgetting to eat, forgetting to bathe, and wandering off at night in her pajamas and going home to the wrong house. She no longer recognized friends and family yet would tell strangers “I love you!” She was eventually placed with a full-time caregiver, which happens often with Alzheimer’s patients. She ultimately became bedridden, lost the ability to feed herself and spent her days hugging a teddy bear. Taking care of a person with Alzheimer’s becomes a full-time job.
We at Awareness Gift Boutique have a huge amount of respect for the stress and sadness that Alzheimer’s patients and their family members and caregivers must endure, and we strive to raise awareness of the disease with our wide variety of beautiful Alzheimer’s awareness apparel and gifts.
You may enjoy some of the following:
Please sure to view the rest of our Alzheimer’s Awareness items to find the perfect one for you or someone you know!
The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.