Would you take a few minutes to read about Dan and DSAW's new programming for people with Down syndrome and Alzheimer's? National organizations have referred to our Down syndrome and Alzheimer's initiative as "pioneering" and as a "model for other Down syndrome groups around the country," and we need your help to sustain it!
By the time they are 60, almost 80% of people with Down syndrome will develop dementia. As Dan, now age 56, grew older, he started to develop signs of Alzheimer's disease. His parents face new challenges every day as his primary caregivers, and Dan's diagnosis has added a whole new dimension to their lives.
Dan's family attended DSAW's first Memory Cafe in Milwaukee this summer. His mom Eileen was thrilled to see that DSAW was offering programs for the aging population. Many organizations don't focus on this demographic, and Eileen "appreciates any help we can get. DSAW's attempt to form Memory Cafes provided for us a very welcome resource."
Eileen and her family feel passionately about sharing their experiences with others who can learn from Dan's dual diagnosis of Down syndrome and Alzheimer's. She encourages others to be open and honest about their loved ones with Down syndrome who are showing signs of Alzheimer's. Eileen, Dan, and their family hope to meet you at an upcoming Memory Cafe!
Until then, we have compiled a wealth of Down syndrome and Alzheimer's resources for you now. Visit our resources page, watch our recent webinars, sign up for our Down syndrome & Alzheimer's newsletter, and join our Facebook support group to get more information and connect with others. If you're in the Milwaukee area, join us for a Memory Cafe on Thursday, December 6. Thank you to Bader Philanthropies for helping us launch this initiative. We intend to roll out these programs across the state in 2019 and beyond, so stay tuned for events in your area!
When you support DSAW, you are supporting needed services for older adults. You are advancing model Down syndrome and Alzheimer's programs and bringing fraternal support to people who can't find it elsewhere.
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Down Syndrome Association of Wisconsin
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