To the editor:

Dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, touches the lives of many of us in this community. While it may seem like a daunting diagnosis, many people are living happy and healthy lives with the appropriate support and care.

Eighty percent of people with dementia are cared for in their homes. Are you a caregiver for someone with dementia? If not, then you probably know someone who is. These people are our neighbors, friends, relatives, coworkers. We sit by them in church. We stand behind them in line at the grocery stores.

Caregivers do not have an easy job. They are juggling caregiving with work, family, household duties, their own social lives, and a million other things.

What can we do to help?

Spread awareness to decrease the stigma surrounding dementia, reach out to someone you know who is caring for someone with dementia, offer to help someone who is struggling in a public setting, be a friend to those living with dementia. Become a Dementia Friend.

Join us for a Dementia Friend information workshop and receive your certification as a Dementia Friend. You will be offered practical information about dementia and interacting with people living with dementia.

Please go to dementiafriendsindiana.org for more information.

Email saxmana@huntington.edu for more information about the Dementia Friendly Jay County initiative, or join us for a workshop on June 6 starting at 6 p.m. at Jay County Public Library.

Kindly,

Abby Muhlenkamp

Dementia Friends Champion