On March 19, 2016 people all over the world will be hosting events to promote awareness of dementia and those who are dealing with it. In reality we are all dealing with dementia in some way, it could be that we are the ones who have been diagnosed with a form of dementia and are struggling with all that means. Struggling to live a normal life while we wait for it take away our memories and abilities a little at a time. Or maybe we are the spouse of someone who is trying to live with it, and we are forced to watch them suffer losses and struggle to hold onto themselves for as long as possible. Maybe we have a friend or a neighbor that is dealing with it, or we have been on line in the grocery store behind someone with it. No matter where, who or how, all of us, every one of us is affected by dementia. Many of us will one day face that frightening future ourselves.
Last year as I attended the Alzheimer's Walk I was suddenly aware of how many people who stood beside me years ago, were now living with dementia themselves.
This event, World Rocks Against Dementia, is one way to promote awareness. Knoxville is working on plans to join this event and details will be posted as soon as possible. Please look into bringing this event to your own communities. It doesn't have to be a huge rock concert, it can be anything at all. Just do something on March 19 to show your support for people dealing with dementia.