USE WORDS SENSITIVELY
The words used about individuals living with dementia can have a powerful effect on how they feel about themselves and how they are treated by others. Words such as “victims,” “demented,” sufferers,” and “affliction” are not kind or supportive. Using suitable language is a sign of respect, support, and is non-discriminatory. Read the “Words Matter” paper by the DAA and “Dementia Words Matter” by the Dementia Engagement & Empowerment Project (DEEP) in the UK.
GET SUPPORT AFTER RECEIVING A DIAGNOSIS
Contact Dementia Mentors if you’ve been recently diagnosed with dementia for supportive mentoring, motivation and social engagement and much more.
LEARN ABOUT DEMENTIA
Watch this extraordinary 8 minute video created with the Partnerships in Dementia Care Advisory Group of people living with dementia and their family members to learn about living with dementia. Read and share the DAA’s “In Their Voice: Values and Rights of Individuals with Dementia”.
BE A DEMENTIA FRIEND
If you know someone with dementia, don’t stop visiting or talking with them. Withdrawing your friendship can make them feel disconnected and isolated.. Learn more about dementia so you can be at ease with what you say and do. If you see someone in public who appears to be living with dementia, smile warmly at them. If a person appears to be lost or having difficulty, approach him or her kindly and offer your assistance.
Let your voice be heard. Tell our public officials that they are not doing enough to help those living with dementia and their families. Speak up by emailing your elected officials to let them know the current policies, services and funding are vastly inadequate for the needs of the more than 5 million Americans living with dementia and their families. Click here to make your voice count!
BE A CARING SUPPORTER
If you care about making the U.S. a better place for people to live fully with dementia and that supports their families and other care partners, please donate as generously as you can to the Dementia Action Alliance.
CONNECT AND COLLABORATE
Connect, communicate and collaborate with other individuals and groups who care about making America a better place to live fully with dementia and to support their care partners. There are many ways that you can connect and collaborate –