At Home Instead, we see older adults affected by dementia every day. Knowing how to care for people living with dementia and providing support for their families is in our DNA. In fact, we even created a
memory-care training program for our CAREgivers. It’s all about caring for individuals with the dignity and respect they deserve, honoring who they were before the disease and keeping them safe and calm in their own homes.
Our commitment doesn’t end there. We not only want to
care for those living with dementia, we want to have an impact on identifying treatment and – someday – finding a cure for the disease. That’s why our founder, Paul Hogan, is an active member of the
World Dementia Council, which was created to fight the disease following the G8 Dementia Summit in 2013. At the end of last year, the council issued its five-year progress report,
Defeating dementia: the road to 2025. While I urge you to read the full report, I pulled out five highlights here that I hope might spark your interest in joining us as advocates to fight this disease.
Dementia is not a disease that happens just because we get old. Like other diseases, it’s something that afflicts people because of their genes or other factors. It’s also a progressive illness that may take up to 20 years before its symptoms take hold. So, while many people might not know they have it until they’ve reached a certain age, we’re not all destined to get dementia if we’re lucky enough to live a long life. I hope reading this inspires you to act – for yourself, for a family member, for humankind. We need to erase the stigma attached to dementia by getting it out in the open. Let’s talk about it – not just with our aging parents or grandparents, but with our children and other young people in our lives. Let’s get informed and get involved. Read the World Dementia Council’s
report, advocate for increased government funding and
volunteer. What else can we do to fight this disease? Let’s get creative. I want to hear from you. Let’s continue the conversation in the comments below.