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Welcome to Dementia Institute

Dementia Institute was created to improve the well-being of those living with dementia and the community that surrounds them.

Our Purpose

Provide training that empowers caregivers, care that supports autonomy, and research that promotes excellence. We are here to serve with empathy and expertise so that you and those living with dementia can have more meaningful interactions and an enhanced quality of life.

Our Purpose

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.

Sharing three decades of hands-on experience.

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 is not a specific disease but is rather a general term for the persistent loss of brain function, including impairment of memory, abstract thinking, and decision-making that interferes with everyday life.
    • 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.

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Our Partners

By providing training to and 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.