Once every 65 seconds someone develops dementia. When this statistic was first released a few years back, the number was once every 72 seconds. It's only a difference of 7 seconds. So what difference does that really make? Well that is over 47,000 more people a year who need to understand the journey they are on. That is 47,000 more families that have to face the realities of the disease. And we are one of those 47,000 families. And it was a day that we hoped we would never have to face. About 6 years ago, my father received the diagnosis of MCI which quickly progressed to a form of dementia. And in late fall 2018, we made the decision to move him into a specialized memory care program. He was cared for and content as the disease progressed. On May 8th of 2020 dad passed away. Although the disease was continuing to take its toll, it was Covid 19 that took his life. There is some comfort in knowing his dementia journey is over. But we will fight to find a cure so that families and our loved ones do not have to experience the devastation of the disease.
For over 20 years my dad had a newspaper column entitled "Townline". He was the voice of many and raised issues that needed to be addressed in the town of Wallingford and throughout the state. He also used it as his voice to share his feelings about his family. So our team is named in honor of that column. Because we are now his voice so that we can raise issues that need to be addressed for those facing dementia.
Please help me put an end to not only Alzheimers but all forms of dementia. My hope for all of you is that your 65 seconds never comes. Thank you for joining the movement!
Thank you for helping advance Alzheimer's support, care and research.
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