Nearly 400,000 Texans are currently living with Alzheimer's disease or a related dementia.
One in 3 people over 65 will be diagnosed with dementia in their lifetime.
Last year, Texans spent more than 1.5 billion hours caring for a loved one with dementia at an economic cost of more than $19 billion in unpaid caregiving.
More East Texans die from Alzheimer's disease each year than from motor vehicle accidents, diabetes, or breast and prostate cancer combined.
A dementia friendly community is one that cares about its neighbors. It’s a place where people with dementia will live as independently as possible. Where they will be valued and respected. Where they will engage in activities that we all take for granted and will be supported as these activities become more difficult. Where the changes in the person will be noticed, understood, and accepted.
A dementia friendly community is one that has looked at its shops, restaurants, markets, and streets through the eyes of a person with dementia, and then does everything it can to make it a place where they and their families can thrive. When memory changes begin, many become more isolated, which frequently hastens the cognitive decline. A community that understands dementia will be one that supports and cares for its neighbors and those individuals who are struggling to deal with loss of memories, loss of the ability to do routine activities, loss of jobs, loss of independence, and loss of self.
(adapted from the Alzheimer's and Dementia Alliance of Wisconsin)
Dementia-friendly community projects are already underway in West Virginia, Wisconsin, Minnesota, and the United Kingdom. Learn more about how they are coming together to support those affected by Alzheimer's disease and dementia!
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