No One Owns Alzheimer’s and Dementia
By Lori La Bey founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks
No one owns Alzheimer’s and Dementia. No one controls it. “So why do some people act like they do?” This is a question I hear way too often. Needless to say I could rant and go down a negative path about this subject, but I would rather talk about the importance of collaboration. The importance of listening to everyone’s opinions.
To Empower All People To Get Educated,
Help Remove The Stigmas And
Get Engaged To Improve Our Dementia Care Culture.
I believe, everyone can and should contribute in ways that work for them as individuals, businesses, organizations and communities. We must remember this disease has no boundaries. As of today, it cannot be contained or cured. The container is the world nothing smaller, just ask people living with the diagnosis or those caring for them around the globe. They will tell you in no uncertain terms, they need a variety of tools, support and awareness coming from many different directions and angles. It is time for the world to work together as one to improve our dementia care culture.
This Is What The Purple Angel Project Is About
A Global Symbol For Dementia That Knows No Barriers
There is no reason to shun or minimized any effort to improve our dementia care culture no matter who delivers it, we all matter. We all can bring different skills and insights to the table. For example, I have a tough time when I hear and see someone put down or try to belittle grassroot efforts trying to make a positive impact on dementia. If you look back in history, typically it has been the grassroot movements that have bridled personal passions and drive. This type of effort has an unique ability to think creatively and take things on with minimal dollars by tapping directly into passions and skill sets of advocates whose hearts are in the game at full throttle. Many, have been personally touched by their cause in one fashion or another. The Purple Angel project is a great example of a grassroots effort utilizing the simple concept of “inclusion.” They are making a massive impact on a global level to improve our dementia care culture.
The Leverage And Impact Of Each Dementia Effort Might Be Different,
But None Is Better Or Worse Than The Other.
The Goal Must Always Be T0 Create Better Dementia Care.
EVERY INDIVIDUAL, BUSINESS, ORGANIZATION AND COMMUNITY SHOULD BE RECOGNIZED AND APPRECIATED FOR THEIR CONTRIBUTION FOR SHIFTING OUR DEMENTIA CARE CULTURE.
Dementia Symptoms Shift Like The Wind
We must also understand and appreciate that no one dementia tool, product or service should be pitched as what I refer to as a “bed in a bag” or packaged as the “silver bullet” fix. We must educate families, professionals and the general public to build a personalized kit which offers a variety of tools and options to choose from. We all need support in many forms and learn in different fashions. Everyone: from those diagnosed with dementia, to family members, friends, professional care partners, businesses, communities and organizations all have an impact on dementia.