Much like any other mental health illness, dementia and Alzheimer’s disease have an ugly stigma that surrounds it. People fear what they don’t understand. One way of reducing this fear is by educating the masses about these diseases. Awareness for Alzheimer’s disease and dementia have come a long way from when it was first discovered, yet there’s still more we can do. Here are some great ways to help spread awareness.
If you’re unaware of what a Twitter Chat is, think back to the early stages of the Internet when chatrooms still existed. Twitter Chats are essentially chatrooms for like-minded people that utilize a specific hashtag to categorize the chat. There are plenty of chats for caregivers and health-related issues, and it’s a great opportunity for them to come together with one another without actually having to be in the same room. It’s a safe, welcoming environment that let’s people talk freely.
Of course, these chats can also be used to share information. What better way to spread awareness for dementia and Alzheimer’s disease than by sharing the information from the people who see it everyday. We encourage you to go out and research some of these Twitter Chats. There’s a lot of great information being passed around, but unfortunately it falls on deaf ears. Look up when they’re occurring and do your best to participate. At the very least, if someone types out a well thought response, retweet it to your followers. Spread that information! There is so much that we can do on social media in order to inform people about dementia.
There are plenty of events that help raise funds for dementia research. Whether it be running a 5k, a half marathon, or even promoting someone’s personal crowdfunding page, these events are a good opportunity to meet people and discuss the major issues surrounding dementia as well as raising the necessary funds for research. However, these events, much like the information shared in TwittercChats, can fall on deaf ears. There are many ways you can help promote these crucial events. Word of mouth, distributing flyers around your local neighborhoods, and taking to the Internet to promote them on social media is a great way to help promote awareness.
Start Your Own
Perhaps being a part of an event is not necessarily your style. Maybe you want to be on the forefront of leading the fight against Alzheimer’s and dementia? You certainly can do that. There are many options when it comes to creating your own event. There are a lot of websites that can help you get started and find out who to contact, how to get it registered, and where it can be held. This is a fantastic way to truly help spread awareness for an issue that doesn’t get the attention it deserves. We encourage everyone, whether it’s by starting your own event, or just by word of mouth, to increase dementia awareness in your community!
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