Amy Shives is one of the founding members of Dementia Alliance International and she recently spoke at the Alzheimer’s Association 2015 Advocacy Forum in Washington DC last month. Dementia Alliance International is a non-profit organization of people who have been diagnosed with dementia from the USA, Canada, Australia, United Kingdom, Germany and other countries. Their goal is to represent, support and educate others living with the disease and change the language and perception of dementia to that of what a person CAN do, not what they CAN’T. Amy’s story is one of courage and hope in fighting the stigma of younger on-set Alzheimer’s and dementia in general. She talks about her own experience with her mother’s diagnosis of Alzheimer’s and then her own diagnosis at age 50. Among other things she says that those who have dementia don’t wish to be know as “suffering” from Alzheimer’s disease but as “people who have Alzheimer’s”. They are people first and have many capabilities despite their diagnosis. Watch below to see Amy’s amazing speech.
At Aspen Senior Care we have caregivers trained in dementia care. We also run the Aspen Senior Center of Provo, a specially designed program for seniors with dementia. We provide fun, engaging activities, music and lunch, plus peace of mind for families caring for loved ones with dementia. Please visit our website or call us at (801) 607-2300 for more information. Visit our Aspen Senior Center Facebook page to see some of the fun activities they do!