Neiman Marcus Salutes the Alzheimer’s Association Beauty and Spa Fundraiser
by Robere Lett, Publisher – Haute is Magazine
As someone entering what I call the prime of my life, no longer in my 20’s, 30’s, or even 40’s – I still feel as though I am – but I must admit sometimes my body tells me differently. So when I have those days where my memory fails me completely, I sometimes feel a panic and wonder could it be Alzheimer’s or just a bad day. Being a tried and true work-a-holic, I do tend to over-extend and push beyond my limits, but for so many people learning that they are in the throes of a disease that can be so devastating, is a harsh reality.
On the brighter side I had the pleasure of stopping by one of my favorite places to shop, Neiman Marcus, in time to catch an amazing event Neiman Marcus salutes The Alzheimer’s Association. The event called “Ladies, Lipstick and Lace” was sponsored in part by Neiman Marcus and The Somerset Collection. A Beauty and Spa extravaganza filled the cosmetics isles with lots of lovely ladies trying out all of the latest beauty and spa treatments available; from lips to nails – the pampering was in full swing with lots of great products, music, and fabulous hors d’oeuvres. But underneath it all was the real cause of bringing attention to a growing disease that still has no specific cure. For the past three years, Neiman Marcus has helped bring attention to the great work of the Alzheimer’s Association by hosting events where patrons can shop and sip while donating to a great cause, since a portion of all sales (not just that day but for a few days afterward if you mention the event) goes to aid the organization’s constant research for preventative treatments and hopefully a cure.
A few facts about Alzheimer’s:
- Alzheimer’s is a type of dementia that causes problems with memory, thinking and behavior. Symptoms usually develop slowly and get worse over time, becoming severe enough to interfere with daily tasks.
- Alzheimer’s is not a normal part of aging, although the greatest known risk factor is increasing age, and the majority of people with Alzheimer’s are 65 and older. But Alzheimer’s is not just a disease of old age. Up to 5 percent of people with the disease have early onset Alzheimer’s (also known as younger-onset), which often appears when someone is in their 40s or 50s.
- Alzheimer’s worsens over time. Alzheimer’s is a progressive disease, where dementia symptoms gradually worsen over a number of years. In its early stages, memory loss is mild, but with late-stage Alzheimer’s, individuals lose the ability to carry on a conversation and respond to their environment. Alzheimer’s is the sixth leading cause of death in the United States. Those with Alzheimer’s live an average of eight years after their symptoms become noticeable to others, but survival can range from four to 20 years, depending on age and other health conditions.
- Alzheimer’s has no current cure, but treatments for symptoms are available and research continues. Although current Alzheimer’s treatments cannot stop Alzheimer’s from progressing, they can temporarily slow the worsening of dementia symptoms and improve quality of life for those with Alzheimer’s and their caregivers. Today, there is a worldwide effort under way to find better ways to treat the disease, delay its onset, and prevent it from developing. For more facts, information and to donate on line go to: http://www.alz.org/alzheimers_disease_what_is_alzheimers.asp
Haute is salutes both Neiman Marcus and The Alzheimer’s Association for bringing attention to a cause that affects so many.