Did you know that every 66 seconds, someone in the U.S. develops Alzheimer’s Disease?
In fact, Alzheimer’s disease kills more people than breast and prostate cancer combined. Yet, unlike those battling cancer, diabetes or other health conditions, people with dementia often experience social isolation and stigma. They retreat from family, friends, co-workers and society, as if to hide who they are and what is happening to them.
Outing Dementia tools and activities are designed to ensure the LGBT community possess appropriate information about Alzheimer’s disease and the importance of screening to better help plan for the future.
If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one showing signs of dementia, there are four key actions to take.
Outing Dementia is a partnership between:
- Jones-Harrison, a senior residence providing housing and rehabilitation for over 125 years
- Training to Serve, an organization dedicated to improving the lives of aging LGBT people by providing education, tools and resources
- Alzheimer’s Association of Minnesota and North Dakota
An advisory committee comprised of LGBT community members, consumers of senior services, advocates, health care providers and experts in the field are helping in the creation of our materials. This project is funded in part by a grant from the Minnesota Board on Aging.
Here are highlights of upcoming activities with Outing Dementia: