According to A.W.A.R.E. Benefit Luncheon Chair Laurie Kidder,
“Imagine waking from a dream and into a nightmare. Nothing is familiar and you don’t recognize your own family. You look in the mirror and see a stranger. Hallucinations become your reality. You may be in terrible pain and cannot communicate for help. You go outdoors wearing inappropriate clothing, not understanding the season, and then…you wander away, lost in a world of Alzheimer’s.
“What sounds horrific is all too common. 1 in 8 people age 65 or older and 1 in 2 people aged 85 or older have Alzheimer’s. Family caregivers are critically overwhelmed. They find help….and hope… from the Greater Dallas Chapter of the Alzheimer’s Association. When attending their classes, families weep and find arms around them. With calls to the Hotline, they are counseled with information to ease their loved one’s terrifying existence. Without the support of the Alzheimer’s Association, they too would be lost.
“A.W.A.R.E. (Alzheimer’s Women’s Association for Research and Education) has raised over $12 million for the Alzheimer’s Association since 1989. Please join us for the 2013 A.W.A.R.E. Luncheon on April 5, 2013. We are thrilled to have Linda Gray, co-star of the TV show ‘Dallas’ graciously step in for her dear friend Larry Hagman as our speaker.
“We have chosen the color Turquoise as our theme this year with the Alzheimer’s Association’s logo of Purple ‘for our passion to cure’ because Turquoise represents ‘clarity of thought, clear communication and calmness, the very qualities we dream of restoring to our loved ones with Alzheimer’s’.”
Photo provided by A.W.A.R.E.