Brooke Shields Shares Advice on Caring for Someone with Alzheimer's Disease
Cipriani 42nd Street in New York City turned into a purple haven Tuesday night for the 32nd Annual Alzheimer's Association Rita Hayworth Gala. Guests arrived in floor-sweeping gowns to raise money and awareness for the disease—but it was Brooke Shields's Naeem Khan long-sleeved gown that won the party. "It's a custom-made dress that I got at the auction last year," she told InStyle.
This year, Naeem Khan designed a gorgeous hand-beaded purple gown that was auctioned off last night as part of the $2 million raised at the gala. Overall, the galas have raised more than $65 million for the Alzheimer's Association under Princess Yasmin Aga Khan's leadership, the daughter of Rita Hayworth.
"I've been going to these galas for decades," said Shields. "My mom actually brought me first and ironically she passed away from dementia, which is associated with Alzheimer's. It's devastating. It robs you of the people you love." According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in three seniors dies with Alzheimer's or another form of dementia, and almost two-thirds of those are women. "As hard as it is to try not to take it personally, they do recognize you, they just can't access that information," said Shields. "Just have as much love as you can muster for yourself as well as for the person who's going through it."