Clara Wainwright’s Buddha’s Delight, a quilt over 7 feet by 6 feet, hangs in the Atrium of Youville House, a donation from the Art Connection. For years people have admired this work of art and commented on its beauty. Little did we know when we hung the piece, that Clara would be leading residents and staff in a quilting project intended to hang in the Memory Support Community planned for Youville Place in Lexington. The gift of love is in progress, building a special bond between participants and making Wednesday afternoons at Youville House particularly special.
At the first meeting, the group discussed Alzheimer’s Disease. Did anyone have the diagnosis? Who had experienced the disease through family and friends? Clara and her friend Kyra Montagu made lists. What objects might be meaningful to people with Alzheimer’s Disease? What could people continue to enjoy doing as their memories became more impaired? The process began with scissors and fabric. Clara patiently coaxed, cajoled and began the creative process.