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Comfort for Alzheimer’s Study Volunteers

The Alzheimer’s Disease Cooperative Study is distributing quilts to volunteers participating in research studies to find a cure. Funded by the National Institute on Aging, ADCS coordinates clinical trials at about 70 sites nationwide. Over 3,000 people participate in the studies and receive treatment with experimental drugs.

The Alzheimer’s Study Quilt Project aims to express appreciation to the volunteers, all of whom have mild to moderate cognitive impairment. “What do any of us do when we don’t feel well?” asks ADCS communications specialist Jeffree Itrich. “You curl up with a quilt, because it soothes the body and the soul.”

The project seeks lap-size quilts, rectangular or square, between 40 and 60 inches per side. For information, e-mail adcs-quilts@ucsd.edu or call 858-677-1565.

Trish Nicholson is a senior editor at the AARP Bulletin.

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