Caring Community Conversations
Currently, over 5 million Americans – 1 in 9 individuals age 65 and older – have dementia and the numbers are increasing as baby boomers age. Dementia doesn’t just affect older adults. More and more individuals in their 40’s and 50’s are learning they have dementia. Chances are you know someone impacted by it.
Many people, including physicians, have misperceptions and misunderstanding about living with dementia that result in behaviors and/or practices that feel diminishing and marginalizing to people affected by dementia.
Caring Community Conversations are an antidote to misperceptions. People can and do lead productive and meaningful lives with dementia if appropriately supported and encouraged.
It’s amazing what can happen when a group of good people come together. Examples of Conversation participants –
- Individuals living with early symptoms of dementia
- Family members and other care partners
- Aging support/service officials
- Senior living providers
- Local and elected officials
- Faith-based community leaders
- Healthcare practitioners
- Corporate leaders
In early 2016, the DAA launched the Caring Community Conversations initiative to start changing conversations about living with dementia. Caring Community Conversation events are friendly, facilitated conversations with approximately 35 to 40 invited community stakeholders including individuals living with early dementia symptoms to share their perspectives. This friendly community-based conversation format is catalyzing changed attitudes towards and understanding about living with dementia in positive ways.