Improving peoples’ ability to care for loved ones with dementia.
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Helping people navigate the ever-changing challenges of dementia.
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Continuously studying dementia and the way we care for persons living with dementia.
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Welcome to Dementia Institute
The Dementia Institute provides training that empowers caregivers, care that supports autonomy, and research that promotes excellence. We are here to serve with empathy and expertise so that those living with dementia and the community that surrounds them can have more meaningful interactions and an enhanced quality of life.
There are many organizations dedicated to finding a cure for dementia. Until one is found, we’re focused on quality-of-life-improving care. By providing purposeful tools and compassionate care, we can empower persons with dementia and their loved ones to find ways to meet their needs and live successfully on their own terms.
Sharing three decades of hands-on experience.
The Dementia Institute was born out of the knowledge, awareness, and compassion gained over 30+ years of caring for dementia residents at our partner organization, Holland Home in Grand Rapids, Michigan. Holland Home was the fifth nationally and the first in the state to be a Positive Approach to Care® -designated organization. We have seen the tenets of this renowned approach positively impact those living with dementia, their caregivers, and their loved ones time and time again.
Dementia Healthcare Crisis
As the aging population continues to increase while the staffing pool decreases, dementia is on the verge of becoming a healthcare, societal, and economic crisis.
Dementia (noun): a condition characterized by progressive or persistent loss of intellectual functioning, especially with impairment of memory and abstract thinking, and often with personality change, resulting from organic disease of the brain.
- An estimated 6.5 million Americans aged 65 and older are living with dementia. By 2050, that number is expected to rise to 13 million.
- Dementia is the 7th leading cause of death globally among all diseases.
- The journey of dementia can last 8-20 years.
- More than 11 million Americans provide unpaid care for people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias.
- In 2021, these caregivers provided more than 16 billion hours of care valued at nearly $272B.
- Informal caregivers (spouses, family members, friends) spend an average of 5 hours per day providing care for people living with dementia.
Dementia Institute Services
Our services help improve the lives of those living with dementia by bringing greater awareness, education, and knowledge to our community. When persons with dementia are properly cared for, it also improves the well-being of those around them and ultimately leads to positive interactions and meaningful moments.
Training & Education
Hands-on, practical training and certifications for anyone looking to better interact and engage with those living with dementia.
Care & Support
We are here to help caregivers and their loved ones living with dementia navigate care solutions while providing support and comfort as they go through their dementia journey.
Research & Resources
At Dementia Institute, we are continuously studying dementia and the way we care for those living with dementia by engaging in quality-of-care initiatives and research through partnerships with universities and studies of our own.
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Working alongside our partners, we provide direct avenues to skilled and compassionate dementia care and support services to meet the specific needs of both you and your loved one.