Individuals who suffer from Alzheimer’s and dementia experience a loss of independence due to the diseases’ devastating effects on the functions of the brain. As a result, dementia creates layers of challenges to the patients and those who care for them, including their family members, loved ones and friends.

In 2017, it was estimated that nearly 6.1 million Americans were living with dementia and other related cognitive impairments. By 2060, that number may reach 13.9 million, according to a new study.

Age, the No. 1 risk factor for developing dementia, is the primary culprit for the projected increase in the people with dementia, according to the study by the U.S. Center for Disease Control.

No matter how we parse the data, here’s what is abundantly clear: more training, education and resources are necessary.

The numbers I share with you above sadden me. As I travel across the United States as a speaker on aging and dementia-related issues, I am aware of the state of care facilities. Not every staff member is trained specifically in dementia awareness. I also meet with countless families who are caring for someone with dementia. I know their struggle.

As an advocate for those with dementia, my goal is to transform the stakeholders’ mindsets. Caring for those with dementia requires specialized training that’s compassion-focused.

Whether it’s leading a training session at a care facility, or, devising a care plan for a family, the foundation upon which my approach rest is compassion. This way, we find new ways to succeed in how we provide care, enjoying special connections, building bonds and seeing dementia through a whole new perspective.

As the need for more qualified caretakers increases, I am determined to help others become dementia aware.

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