Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is an international advocacy and support group, of, by, and for people with dementia, where membership is comprised exclusively of people with dementia. I am proud to be part of DAI. Some of you who are reading this might also want to get involved.
When you join DAI, you become part of a global community of people with dementia that offers support and encouragement to live beyond dementia, and which promotes education and awareness. Membership is free, and you can join here. DAI has a Vision for:
“A world where a person with dementia continues to be fully valued and included.”
Our mission supports this vision and is about building a global community of people with dementia that collaborates to achieve four really important goals:
- Providing support and encouragement to people with dementia to live positively with dementia
- Modelling to other people with dementia and the wider community what living beyond dementia with purpose looks like
- Advocating for people with dementia, and building the capacity of people with dementia to advocate for themselves and others living with the disease
- Reducing the stigma, isolation and discrimination of dementia.
Through DAI we can work together to create a better world. Involvement provides numerous opportunities, for example:
- Reducing stigma and isolation
- Building capacity
- Socializing with new friends.
Some of the services offered include weekly online support groups in numerous time zones, a discussion forum for members only, online cafes, private Facebook groups offering peer to peer support, active social media sites, and monthly educational webinars with professional speakers.
Families, professionals, academics and interested others can access many useful resources on the organisation’s website, can subscrie to our blogs and newsletter, and can also register to attend our monthly educational webinars. DAI’s YouTube channel was listed in the top 20 dementia YouTube channels this year.
We all struggle one way or another and I find DAI is a safe place to share the good and bad things we all experience. While we share many things in common, everyone’s experience is different. There is lots of encouragement, support and laughter provided by our dementia family and to quote a mantra for one of the support groups on Facebook “Sharing is caring”.
I enjoy being part of this group and working to improve people’s lives. Working together we can make change.
From day one of our organisation, we have had Margaret Mead’s quote on our website, and we continue to work hard to prove this to be true: