Afghan being raffled for Alzheimer’s Walk fundraiser by AnastaciaKnits
For this morning’s post in my 10 Day Series of Crochet Health articles I wanted to write about Alzheimer’s, which makes up a big chapter in Crochet Saved My Life. The timing is nice, too, because AnastaciaKnits is doing an Alzheimer’s fundraiser right now that I wanted to share with you. So first I’ll talk a little bit about how crochet relates to Alzheimer’s and then I’ll tell you about that fundraiser.
Crochet to Prevent Alzheimer’s
One of the most interesting things I learned in the research for my book is that crochet may have the potential to prevent Alzheimer’s and other age-related memory loss. The research isn’t certain, yet, but it seems that there are many things that might help prevent, or at least delay the onset of, this terrible condition. In her book 100 Simple Things You Can Do To Prevent Alzheimer’s and Age-Related Memory Loss, author Jean Carper organizes these prevention tools into four categories, two of which directly relate to crochet. The first is to keep your brain constantly engaged by learning new things. There is almost no end to the number of techniques and styles you can learn with crochet to keep challenging your mind. The second is to engage in proper emotional self-care to reduce stress. We’ve already seen in previous articles in this series the many benefits of crochet for emotional stability. Many other factors come into play as to why crochet may be able to be part of a total wellness plan to prevent Alzheimer’s but those are the two big ones.
Crochet for People with Alzheimer’s
Crochet can also be beneficial for people who already have Alzheimer’s, including late-stage Alzheimer’s. Crochet is a repetitive task so it can be learned as a body memory that a person may be able to continue doing even after other parts of the memory start to fade. Crocheting for others can help people with the condition to continue to feel useful even as they lose some of their abilities. Additionally, one of the major problems of Alzheimer’s is “agitated hands” in which the person constantly fidgets and may pick at herself, damage things or otherwise cause problems … crocheting keeps the hands busy to reduce this problem.
There is no known treatment or cure for Alzheimer’s. Anastacia Knits is currently raffling off a crochet blanket to raise money for Alzheimer’s research. Her grandmother passed away from early onset Alzheimer’s and then last year her uncle Joel was diagnosed with the same condition. Joel’s daughter Adrienne does an Alzheimer’s walk every year; this year it is in Boston on September 23rd, and she is trying to raise $2000 with this walk.
“To help her achieve her goal, I crocheted an afghan that we will raffle off, with all funds going to the Alzheimer’s Association. I chose a design that was a combination of granny squares & ripple because those are the two kinds of afghans my grandmother always made. The colors are 16 different colors of purple for the squares, joined with tan & bordered with dusty purple – purple being the Alzheimer’s color. The afghan is 100% acrylic and machine washable.
If you are interested in helping us, the suggested donation is $5 per raffle entry. This is only a suggested donation, if you can’t afford $5, any donation will be appreciated and your name will still go into the raffle. Last year we were able to raise $550, with many people only giving a few dollars, but it adds up!
There are three ways that you can donate:
- Through the mail: For each $5 donation, please write your name, address, email address & phone # on a 3×5 index card or piece of paper & mail to my mother at: Lisa Auger 169 West Street Douglas MA 01516. Please make all checks payable to Alzheimer’s Association and in the memo PLEASE put “Every Mile A Memory” which is Adrienne’s team name and that has to be in the memo for it to be credited to Adrienne and her team.
- Via Paypal: Send to firstname.lastname@example.org
- If you’d rather donate online, you may do so here.
Why You’d Want to Win a Crochet Blanket
- Sure, you CAN make this blanket … but will you? If blankets aren’t what you usually crochet then why not try to win one!
- It supports another crocheter. I personally love having crochet items in my home that are made by others. Each one has its own story.
- It would make a great gift. It’s not too early to start thinking about the holidays!
- Besides, it’s for a good cause.
And a Quick Mention about SIBOL
I couldn’t end this post without a quick mention for SIBOL, a UK organization that has also done afghan auctions to raise awareness about Alzheimer’s. Sue collects squares from around the world and puts them together into beautiful afghans. These are donated to the elderly or sometimes auctioned off to raise money and awareness for important causes such as this one.