4804 - Caregiver's Burdens ($65)

4804 - Caregiver's Burdens   ($65)
Audrey Arno
Tuttle, OK   USA

Width: 8"   Length: 11.75"

Materials/Techniques: One inch pyramid blocks in varied colors with text patches fused and quilted on. A guide to how the quilt portrays the caregivers' burdens is printed on the back of the quilt.

Artist's Statement: Family caregivers, the secondary victims of Alzheimer’s, daily face and endure enormous burdens for the duration of the disease. The 2009 annual report of the Alzheimer’s Association notes 5.3 million people have Alzheimer’s disease with 9.9 million unpaid caregivers devoting 8.5 billions of hours of care during the year.

This quilt of vivid colors represents the intensity of the emotions and concerns felt by those caring for persons with the disease.

RED shows the stress that caring for a loved one with Alzheimer’s can create, and represents the anger, fear, dread, resentment, and frustration that may be felt.

BLUE represents the sadness and depression; the tears and torment; the exhaustion, worry, hopelessness, and isolation felt by caregivers.

GREEN is the financial toll Alzheimer’s takes. Besides medical costs, those of travel and legal matters must be borne, possibly without the caregiver’s earnings,

DARK colors represent those who prey on the victim’s mental decline and/or the desperation of their families. Caregivers must be alert to this danger.

YELLOW surrounds all these emotions with the love and good will of the people helping, supporting, encouraging, and giving safe and tender care of the patient.

PURPLE BORDER represents the private thoughts of the caregiver and an area where they can allow the feelings they suffer to escape in private.

Finding useful treatments and helpful drugs to prevent and/or cure this horrible affliction is the best way it can be fought and conquered. Research to defeat Alzheimer’s is an important endeavor, and must be funded. Everyone will benefit.
Audrey Arno

Dedication: To the caregivers.

This quilt is displayed with Fast Finish Triangles.

This quilt earned $65.00 for the AAQI.