Tag Archives: Dementia Awareness Month 2020

Diana Blackwelder shares why she is glad she found DAI

On day 22 of Dementia Awareness Month #DAM2020 we are pleased to hear from Diana Blackwelder on why she is glad she found DAI. Diana is a Board member, on our Action group, and has been a back up host for our Friday peer to peer support groups. She is involved with advocacy through DAI, and her local chapter, as well as through being involved in dementia research. Diana has also been very involved in supporting this campaign, by interviewing other DAI members as they share their stories this month.

Thank you Diana. We are really glad you found DAI.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Help more people like Diana today, by  supporting DAI

Graeme Atkins wins the Richard Taylor Advocates Award in 2020

DAI is pleased to announce the recipient of the 2020 Richard Taylor Advocates Award, recognised on World Alzheimer’s Day 21 September 2020. This year it goes to DAI member Graeme Atkins from Australia for his outstanding service to others living with dementia, and his commitment to DAI’s  mission and vision of a world where ALL people are valued and included.

Graeme was diagnosed with the younger onset Alzheimer’s type of dementia in 2009. He has been an advocate for improving outcomes for people ith dementia, in particular by composing and performing songs about being diagnosed, or living with dementia.  Graeme says he can only do what he does, because of the love and support of his wife Susan,  also lovingly known, as we now say in DAI thanks to our Chair Kate Swaffer, as his Back Up Brain.

DAI is proud to call Graeme their ‘Resident Rec. (or is that wreck?) Officer! Thanks for everything that you continue to do Graeme.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

You can also read more of Graeme’s story here.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Help more people like Graeme today, by  supporting DAI.

Jane Callachan shares why she is glad she found DAI #DAM2020

DAI member Jane Callachan lives in Salem, Massachusetts and as part of our Dementia Awareness Month series of vlogs/blogs, shares why she is glad she joined DAI. It is already day 20 of this campaign, and we hope you are enjoying hearing from our members…

Jane was diagnosed with younger onset dementia aged 55, and she regularly joins the Friday afternoon DAI peer to peer support group. One of the best things about these groups, Jane said, is that she can join online, and doesn’t have to drive to one!

DAI has helped help Jane feel much more independent, and has introduced her to others who are living positively, in spite of dementia. “DAI really does make a difference”.

Thank you Jane. We are glad you found DAI.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Help more people like Jane today, by  supporting our Virtual Art Auction.

Gait Retraining and Dementia, by A/Prof James McLoughlin

In July this year, DAI hosted a webinar Gait retraining and Dementia, by A/Prof James McLoughlin. It was very well attended, and we are pleased to share it during Dementia Awareness Month 2020.

James is an Associate Professor at Flinders University in Adelaide. He has a Bachelor of Applied Science (Physio), a MSc(Clinical Neuroscience), and a PhD, and is an experienced neurological physiotherapist and Director of Advanced Neuro Rehab in South Australia, a neurological and vestibular rehabilitation clinic.

James is passionate in promoting best practice for people with neurological & vestibular conditions. He has previously presented to us on Rehabilitation and Dementia.

About the Webinar: People with all forms of dementia can experience changes to their walking and balance. There are many factors that can contribute to these issues that can be targeted within an individualised rehabilitation program. James will discuss some of the proactive ways neurological physiotherapy can help with treatment, training and support.

Watch the webinar recording  here:

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Make sure you get involved in the DAI Art Auction this week.

Jerry Wylie and the Dementia Warriors #DAM2020

Today was our monthly Cafe Le Brain, and unfortunately for everyone, one of the co hosts’ internet died, so it was a rather disjointed cafe! We had a few topics on the agenda, including with Jerry Wylie’s permission, watching a video made about setting his local support group, called the Dementia Warriors.

Jerry Wylie, USA

Therefore to support those who missed out on the video at our Cafe, for Day 16 of Dementia Awareness Month #DAM2020 #WAM2020, we are not only adding that video here, we are highlighting Jerry’s journey from diagnosis to now, by posting two videos highlighting his incredible advocacy.

The first is a video recording of a presentation he gave at the ADI conference in Chicago in 2018. The second is a video that was made about setting up his local support group. It has been an incredible journey to partlt share with him; from diagnosis, to depression, to renewed purpose.

Thank you Jerry.

We are so glad DAI was the catalyst to help you see there is still a good life to live, in spite of dementia.

Jerry presents at the ADI Conference in Chicago

As a keynote speaker at the ADI Conference in Chicago in 2018, Jerry shared his deeply personal story, which included him sharing how he had been depressed and even suicidal after his diagnosis, and his passion became one of helping to stop other people’s lives being thrown in the bin after their diagnosis like his was!

People who become empowered to live positively and with renewed meaning and purpose is exactly one of the outcomes the original founders of DAI dreamed of. Life is short, so DAI works towards actively supporting people to get back to living their own lives, and also to have fun again.

Jerry Wylie, speaks on founding the Dementia Warriors.

Jerry often said that joining DAI saved his life, and attending a support group over zoom was the first time he had smiled or laughed since his diagnosis. He is now living the his life with true purpose ad passion, and we all applaud and congratulate him for having the tenacity to keep advocating, until this particular dream was achieved.

Well done Jerry, we hope other members may be inspired to follow you, and we are all very proud of what you have achieved, and how you continue to support families facing dementia.

Read the brochure about Jerry’s exciting Dementia Warriors support group.

Christine Thelker on why she is glad she found DAI #DAM2020

It is Day 14 of Dementia Awareness Month 2020 #DAM2020 and remarkably, we’re almost half way through for our daily vlog/blog series.

For todays post, Christine Thelker from Canada shares with us all why she is glad she found Dementia Alliance International (DAI). She agrees that DAI has been Life Changing for her, and hears it has been for so many others, and Christine advocates for other people living with dementia in Canada and all over the world.

You should also check out her new website, and recently published book, For this I am grateful.

Thank you Christine. We are all glad you found DAI

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Please join the Monday Science Podcast fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Christine.

#DAIisLifeChanging

Bill Turner shares why he is glad he found DAI #DAM2020

Bill Turner has been a member of DAI for many years, and is a current Board member, as well as our Occupational Health and Safety Officer. On Day 13 of Dementia Awareness Month, he shares with us a little of his story, and why he is glad he found DAI.

Thank you Bill. We are all very glad you found DAI.

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Please join the Monday Science Podcast fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Bill.

Bobby Redman shares why she is glad she found DAI #DAM2020

Wow! It is already Day 12 of Dementia Awareness Month 2020, and our daily vlog/blog series continues. We really hope you have enjoyed hearing from people diagnosed with dementia from around the world again this year!

DAI member Bobby Redman from the Central Coast in Australia shares why she is glad she found DAI. Bobby is a very active advocate and volunteer, including co-hosting three DAI peer to peer support groups, leading the DAI Action group; she is also a member of the board.

Thank you Bobby. We are very glad you found DAI!

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton.

With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important.

Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to our work of supporting people diagnosed with any type of dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.  Thank  you.

Please join the Monday Science Podcast fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Bobby.

 

Bonnie Erickson on why she is glad she found DAI #DAM2020

Dementia Alliance International (DAI) continues to celebrate Dementia Awareness Month in 2020 #DAM2020, by bringing you daily stories from our members. On Day 10 #DAM2020, Bonnie Eicksen from the USA  tells us what it was like being diagnosed with younger onset dementia, how it has impacted her life, and what she likes about the support and networks she has found through DAI.

Thank you Bonnie. We are glad you found DAI.

https://youtu.be/f6UO7MS32UY

Since you’re here…

… we’re asking readers like you to support our members, by donating to our organizaton. With more than 50 million people living with dementia, and the Coronavisus pandemic causing everyone to operate in a virtual world,  our work has never been more important. Every contribution, however big or small, is so valuable to o ur work of supportign people diagnosed with dementia to live more positively, and with a greater sense of hope.

Please join the Monday Science Podcast fundraiser to support more people with dementia like Bonnie.

Honouring James McKillop MBE

James McKillop, Scotland

It is day 6 of the DAI Dementia Awareness Month series, #DAM2020 and we are highlighting a video presentation by James McKillop MBE, given after the AGM this year, when he retired from the DAI Board of Directors in June 2020.

James is a pioneer dementia advocate, and was diagnosed with dementia himself in the last Century! His determination, wisdom, friendship and passion have inspired us all. James became a board member of DAI a few years ago, and retired in June 2020, although he continues to co host one of our peer-to-peer support groups.

DAI was honoured and privileged to work and walk beside him, and our members continue to find him a constant inspiration. James motivates us all to keep going, and is always a source of great wisdom and wonderful Scottish humour.

Thank you James. We are so glad you found DAI.

 

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