Yesterday, CTV reported on the World Health Organization and Alzheimer's Disease International's report, "Dementia: A Public Health Priority". The article reaffirmed how the number of persons with dementia is rapidly increasing. While this increase may pose significant challenges to our current health care system, and our communities, I question the usage of language that describes dementia as a "ticking time bomb". The 'tragedy' language of dementia needs to be reflected upon, and in most cases, challenged. Persons with dementia, are just that, persons. They are not time bombs.
On June 19th from 12-1pm, we will be leading a fireside chat (i.e. a web-based seminar put on by the Alzheimer Knowledge Exchange) about the Partnerships in Dementia Care (PiDC) Alliance. The PiDC Alliance is a collaborative research network and research initiative focused on improving the dementia care experience for persons with dementia, family members, and staff in long-term care and community-based care.
I love tradition. I come from and am part of a family of traditions. Growing up, holidays were always a time of making the same yummy recipes, putting up the same Christmas tree, visiting the same people, telling the same funny stories, and putting up the same homemade Christmas stockings for Santa to fill.