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The words are chilling.
“Will you be the next to forget or the next to be forgotten?” asks Lori La Bey, founder of Alzheimer’s Speaks.
With 7.7 million new diagnoses of dementia each year, Lori and Jan Zimmerman, RN and administrator of Heritage Homes Assisted Living and Memory Care, are taking on the challenge to change the face of dementia. They want to educate the public on building a dementia-friendly society to support all persons living with the disease.
Lori also speaks from personal experience: Her mother is in the end stages of Alzheimer’s.
Lori gave a free presentation in Watertown, WI, aimed to banish the misunderstanding and fear that form part of the stigma surrounding the disease. The presentation was part of a Dementia Friendly Campaign intended to change perceptions of the disease and build an empowering, dementia-aware community with shared skills and resources.
By creating a Dementia Capable Society, every one of us can help caregivers and persons with dementia thrive, not just survive. We can ensure quality of life at any stage of the disease through person-centered care, skill training, and educating others to reduce stigma, neglect, and abuse.
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