This is Chrissy.
She is one of more than 50 million people around the world living with acquired cognitive disabilities.
When she was diagnosed with young-onset dementia 5 years ago, the doctors could offer no effective treatment and no hope. Through Dementia Alliance International, Chrissy has found hope, purpose, and passion to keep living her life well, beyond a difficult diagnosis.
Today, Chrissy is working to spread her message of hope and to ensure that ALL people are valued and included. She is one of ten DAI members who have had their abstracts selected to present at the 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease International conference in Singapore. But the only way they can get there is with your help!
Alzheimer's Disease International is the international federation of Alzheimer's associations around the world. This unique, multi-disciplinary gathering brings together scientists, researchers, clinicians and health professionals from all over the globe.
It is critical that the voices of people living with dementia are heard at this conference! Help Chrissy represent, support and educate others living with the disease, and the wider dementia community.
Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is an organization that strives to provide a unified voice of strength, advocacy, and support for human and disability rights, individual autonomy and improved quality of life. In addition to our global human and disability rights work, we provide free, online peer-to-peer support groups to members in 49 countries. Participation in support groups brings together people with a common purpose and who understand one another on a deeper level. For people with dementia, this can be life-changing.
Never one to run from a challenge, Chrissy made the decision to fight not only the disease but also the disabling stigma and discrimination that she and others encounter every day. This campaign goal of $50,000 will make it possible for Chrissy and 9 other members of DAI to make their voices heard this May in Singapore. Their attendance is not funded by Alzheimer’s Disease International. Rather, Chrissy and the other DAI members must self-fund in order to attend, just like any other researcher or professional in paid employment who have had their abstracts accepted.
Unfortunately, due to the stigma and discrimination experienced, it is often impossible for people with dementia to remain gainfully employed. The only way Chrissy can get to Singapore is with your donation! Listen to Chrissy discussing this important topic on a recent podcast with DAI Chair and CEO Kate Swaffer.
Your donation will go towards flights and accommodations for DAI members and their care partners.
Thank you or helping us fight for a world where ALL people are valued and included!