9 Tattoo Ideas to Honor a Loved One with Alzheimer’s


Many people who have been touched by the life of a person with Alzheimer’s find themselves desiring some way to honor that person’s life and legacy. It takes courage and strength to manage life with Alzheimer’s, and so it seems fitting to celebrate the people who are burdened by it, either while they are still living or after they’ve passed. For some, a tattoo is the perfect way to show respect and love for someone who has suffered from Alzheimer’s while also preserving the memory of that person and spreading awareness of the disease.

Of course, you should put your personality into your tattoo and design it however you please. But if you don’t know where to start, we’ve compiled a list of some Alzheimer’s-related symbols to consider including. We recommend combining whichever one (or ones!) holds the most meaning for you with images that represent your loved one and your relationship with them for a unique one-of-a-kind creation!

1. The Alzheimer’s Awareness Purple Ribbon

Alzheimer’s is often represented by the color purple, so a purple ribbon is perfect to raise awareness for the disease. If you want other people to understand what your tattoo means without asking you, this is one of the best ways to do it without actually writing the word “Alzheimer’s” on your body. If you’d rather have a tattoo that means something to you but is hard for others to decipher, try another purple object that has more significance to you.

hands holding purple awareness ribbon

2. The Alzheimer’s Association Logo

The Alzheimer’s Association’s logo (visible on the sashes and the background of the image below) is a lesser known but still widely acknowledged symbol of the disease. This solid purple line is perfect if you’re looking for a simple wordless tattoo. You will probably find that the only people who recognize the symbol are those whose lives have been touched by Alzheimer’s, and perhaps that’s perfect for you. Or you can combine it with other words and images for a more complex tattoo story that may or may not be more clear to strangers. It’s up to you!

Bonus idea: if you’re into knots, try intertwining the purple ribbon and the Alzheimer’s Association symbol.


3. Forget-me-not flowers

Forget-me-nots are small blue or purple flowers whose name says it all! Not only will the word “forget-me-not” remind you to remember your loved one and their struggle with Alzheimer’s, but the flower is a beautiful classic image to put in a tattoo. A tattoo, after all, is a piece of art!

blue forget-me-not flowers isolated

4. Butterflies

Butterflies represent the fleeting nature of life and memory but also the beauty of those transient things. Plus, if you’re going with forget-me-nots, butterflies might be a nice addition to your nature-themed design.

butterfly feeding on a flower

Elizabeth Nelson is a wordsmith, an alumna of Aquinas College in Grand Rapids, a four-leaf-clover finder, and a grammar connoisseur. She has lived in west Michigan since age four but loves to travel to new (and old) places. In her free time, she. . . wait, what’s free time?
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