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“Nothing can prepare you for what lies ahead,” says Rose Ann. “I was exhausted from worry and anticipation of what was next. My husband did not believe there was anything wrong. So it was up to me to get the answers.”
The Alzheimer Society was initially Rose Ann’s source of information. She accessed helpful education through its First Link® Learning Series, and benefited from a support group especially tailored to wives of people diagnosed with dementia.
But like so many other people dealing with dementia, Rose Ann believes that much more needs to be done to spread information about dementia and to help people to understand it.
That’s why she is helping as a volunteer advisor with a new dementia awareness program called ReThink Dementia, funded by the Champlain Local Health Integration Network as part of its Integrated Model of Dementia Care.
The ReThink Dementia campaign is designed to enhance the public’s understanding of dementia, and to make it easier for people — including health care providers — to get information and support when they are dealing with it.
Visit the “ReThink Health Care for Dementia” section at rethinkdementia.ca for information about:
- How to Care for Persons with Dementia
- Quick tips for a person-centered approach
- Understanding changing emotions and behaviours
- Resources for health care providers
ReThink Dementia is a project of the Champlain Dementia Network that is being led by the Alzheimer Society of Ottawa and Renfrew County as well as the Alzheimer Society of Cornwall & District.