World Alzheimer's Day
Posted on: Sep 23, 2021
World Alzheimer’s Day is 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.
Christian Horizons and its Pathway 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, we have committed to:
- Offering contemporary dementia care focusing on activities and engagement through out Pathway Memory Support program. Read more about Pathway at Learn about Christian Horizons senior living memory care—in Central Illinois, Indiana, Missouri & Iowa - Christian Horizons Living
- Aligning our mission and services to become a Dementia Friendly Ministry™, promoting education around spirituality and dementia and being a resource to faith communities and other faith-based non-profits.
- Encouraging residents and in-home clients to participate in our Touch the Spirit™ activity program supporting spiritual and religious activities for persons with cognitive loss.
On World Alzheimer’s Day, we invite you to take some simple steps to support people living with dementia and their care partners. Consider:
- Supporting your local Alzheimer’s Association Walk. Thanks to this leading non-profit, research funding is at record levels, now $2.3 billion a year. Find your local walk at www.alz.org.
- Become a Dementia Friend by taking a free-of-charge on-line video class. The lessons you learn will help you support friends and neighbors who have symptoms of dementia. Take the classes at www.dementiafriendsusa.org.
This has been a difficult year for persons living with dementia, who have been disproportionately impacted by the Covid epidemic. Let’s hope and pray that by the time World Alzheimer’s Day 2022 comes around we will have good news to report about our progress in research, treatment, and care.
By Ray Dickison, Chief Operating Officer, Christian Horizons