One of the first steps to becoming dementia friendly is to understand that memory loss in its many forms is very prevalent and there is an increasing number of younger adults that are living with Alzheimer’s disease and dementia.
For those with early onset dementia, this is a scary time and in many cases the stigma that is attached is almost too much to bear. These are otherwise healthy individuals with jobs and families to support. Who do they or their families turn to, at what cost?
The Dementia Friendly America organization reports that there are over 5 million people in the United States living with dementia. An additional fifteen million people are caregivers. Over 20 million people live day to day with the effects of dementia impacting their lives.
When dealing with dementia a support system is essential – for support, for peace of mind, for life. An extended network of dementia friends can go a long way to meet this need.
Become a Dementia Friend today! Join the movement today. What are the qualifications of a dementia friend?
Here are some of the adjectives that describe being a friend, are you:
Now that you have read through this list, I am sure you have some ideas of your own. Become a friend today!