September 21 is World Alzheimer’s Day, a day to reflect on what has been called the other pandemic.
According to the World Health Organization, worldwide 55 million people live with dementia. For every person with dementia, there are two or more family members involved in care, facing physical, emotional and financial stress.
Prestige Senior Living and its Expressions Memory Support program are committed to being part of a worldwide effort to fight stigma and to support excellent care for persons living with dementia. As part of this, Prestige:
-Offers contemporary dementia care focusing on activities and engagement through the Expressions memory care program. Read more about Expressions and Memory Care.
-Supports the Alzheimer’s Association and its Walk to End Alzheimer’s. Prestige has been a long-time supporter of the Walk, raising hundreds of thousands of dollars for local services and research. Support the walk at Walk to End Alzheimer's | Alzheimer's Association
-Participates in conferences of Alzheimer’s Disease International in London. This prestigious organization supports Alzheimer’s societies around the world. With involvement on the global stage, Prestige has been able to bring best practices from around the world to our residents and to share our successes with other caregiving organizations.
This has been a difficult year for persons living with dementia, who have been disproportionately impacted by the COVID pandemic, but there is some good news. Thanks to the advocacy of the Alzheimer’s Association, research funding in the U.S. is now up to a record-breaking $2.3 billion dollars. In 2020, there were over 120 clinical trials underway relating to prevention and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia with over 30,000 volunteers for clinical trials.
Let’s hope that by the time World Alzheimer’s Day 2022 rolls around we will have good news to report.
Troxel and his partner Virginia Bell are the authors of “A Dignified Life”, which helps care partners discover how to bring dignity, meaning, and peace of mind to their loved ones—as well as an effective antidote to the burnout and frustration that often accompanies the role of caring for a person with dementia.