By J.P. Anderson – November 2, 2015 – Lifestyle: Alzheimer’s disease reaches epidemic proportions and millions of Americans observe National Alzheimer’s Disease Awareness Month and National Caregiver Month, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan strives to raise awareness—and much-needed funds—in honor of her mother, the late Hollywood legend Rita Hayworth.
Elegantly clad in a body-skimming black and white gown, Princess Yasmin Aga Khan is the picture of grace as she mingles with the black-tie crowd in the grand ballroom of Chicago’s Hilton Towers Hotel, which is festooned in royal purple on this Saturday night in May. With blonde hair cascading down her shoulders and sparkling Cartier diamond chandelier earrings capturing the light around her face, Aga Khan may be dressed for a celebration, but to anyone familiar with her passionate, decades long fight against Alzheimer’s disease, she clearly means business.
This is the Alzheimer’s Association Rita Hayworth Gala, a grand event held in New York and Chicago inspired by one of the Golden Age of Hollywood’s glamour queens, Aga Khan’s mother. Diagnosed in 1981, Hayworth, the embodiment of Hollywood sex appeal in the ’40s and ’50s, was one of the first public faces of Alzheimer’s—the most common form of dementia.