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Alzheimer's Foundation of America to Display Quilt to Remember in Los Angeles
Date:9/12/2007

California Lt. Governor Calls the Quilt a 'Beautiful Symbol'

NEW YORK, Sept. 12 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ --- Aylene Henderson-Bolds is best described by her daughter, Jean Bolds, as "a homemaker." Doing everything the old-fashioned way, Aylene Henderson-Bolds took care of her family --- hanging laundry on a clothes line, washing and drying her dishes by hand, and, of course, cooking their favorite meals.

"The aroma from the kitchen met you at the front door and you couldn't wait to eat!" recalled Jean Bolds of San Pablo, CA.

But, when Aylene Henderson-Bolds began showing signs of Alzheimer's disease, roles became reversed. While caring for her mom was sad, Jean Bolds said, "It was the most important demonstration of love I could ever do for her."

Now, Jean Bolds has demonstrated her love in yet another way: she has fittingly patched together some of her late mother's food-stained aprons to create a quilt panel for the Alzheimer's Foundation of America (AFA) Quilt to Remember, the nation's first grand-scale dementia-related quilt that pays tribute to those who have passed or are living with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias, as well as caregivers and healthcare professionals.

Bolds' panel will be among approximately 100 large and thought-provoking panels on display when the AFA Quilt to Remember is laid out on the lawn of Hancock Park in Los Angeles on September 15 and 16. Bolds will share reflections of her mother in the opening ceremony at 11 a.m. on September 15.

California Lt. Gov. John Garamendi commented: "This quilt is a beautiful symbol of the connected efforts of many individuals who support those afflicted with Alzheimer's disease," he said. "I fully support the AFA's work to aid patients, their families and caregivers as we continue our search for a cure."

Rollout of the AFA Quilt to Remember comes at a time when the incidence of Alzheimer's disease is escalating nationwide, projected to tr
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