Act Now to Prevent Suffering for Individuals With Dementia and Their Families

Hey there. Kim here, with a vital call to action. The World Health Organization (WHO) released new statistics that say that the now 36 million people with dementia worldwide is likely going to grow to two billion people by the year 2050.

Please check out the video below, in which I implore you—whether you are a health care professional, a person with dementia, or a friend or a family member of a person with dementia—to demand the training and the education that is essential to ensuring the physical and emotional health and the function and the safety of persons with dementia. And please share this video in order to spread the message that we must act now to avert the worldwide health crisis that threatens the well-being of two billion people, as well as the well-being of those who love and care for individuals with Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. Together we can ensure safety and well-being.

Here’s a transcript of “Time for Action: Alzheimer’s and Related Dementias at 2 Billion by 2050.”

Hi, Kim Warchol here, president of Dementia Care Specialists (DCS), a CPI specialized offering. I just wanted to share a short message with you today. Last night I read a very disturbing report. As the baby boomers are aging, across the world, experts are predicting that we are headed toward the worst medical disaster in human history as the number of people with dementia soars. The World Health Organization (WHO) released new statistics, and those statistics say that the now 36 million people with dementia worldwide is likely going to grow to two billion people by the year 2050.

WOW. Now is the time that we have to start ACTING instead of just TALKING.

The fact of the matter is that these two billion people are going to suffer if we don’t create a world of support for them. And this support means that we have to have health professionals, occupational therapists, physical therapists, nurses, speech-language pathologists, health care administrators, physicians, nursing aides, and others all specially trained on how to evaluate these individuals and provide specialized care for these individuals so that we make sure that we are optimizing their health, their function, their safety, and their emotional well-being at every stage of their disease and that we are guiding and advising their families. Supporting their families—not just providing a diagnosis—not just providing perhaps a medication to the person with the disease—but actually providing specialized care and guidance and support for the families.

This is a call to action. If you are in charge of an organization that educates health professionals, I ask that you expand your curriculum to include this type of training. If you are a health provider—a health care provider—a nursing home, assisted living, hospital—if your employees don't have this specialized education, I implore you to get it. And if you are a family member or a person with dementia, I am begging you to demand it.

We can't allow this worldwide disaster to happen. If we can't cure or prevent Alzheimer’s and related dementias right now, then we have to look at what we can do to help decrease or mitigate the impact of the disease on the people who have it and on their loved ones. This is my call to action for each and every one of us. The time is now. Thank you.


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