Kaiser Health News Article: Changing the Way We Think About Dementia
The work of Dementia Friends USA - in changing perceptions of dementia was highlighted recent Kaiser Health News article, Changing the Way We Look at Dementia. The article notes that, it isn’t uncommon for participants to move from using words like “hopeless” to using words like “courageous” to describe the condition after completing a Dementia Friends in-person session. “Barriers seem to dissolve,” said Stephani Shivers, who leads Connecticut’s Dementia Friends initiative, said. She continues, “Whether it’s ‘I’m not sure what to say to someone with dementia’ or ‘I’m nervous about being with someone with dementia,’ the ‘I don’t know what to do’ falls away.”
Dementia Friends USA is part of a global public awareness movement to change the way people think, act and talk about dementia. A Dementia Friend is someone who, after viewing a series of online videos or attending an in-person session, learns about dementia and turns that understanding into action. From simply telling friends about the Dementia Friends program, to being more patient in everyday interactions, to volunteering or visiting someone who is living with dementia, every action counts—no matter how large or small. Help spread the word about Dementia Friends. Become a Dementia Friend today!