This is Wally. He is a board member of Dementia Alliance International.
Only 62 when he was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer's, Wally became the latest in a long line of people in his family with dementia. Having lost his grandmother and father to the disease, Wally and his younger brother are both living with dementia today.
After the initial shock of diagnosis wore off, Wally got back to living his life with the support and encouragement from his family. In times of crisis, it is families who stand together, shelter one another and care for one another. Wally's family knows all about standing together in times of crisis.
You can read more about Wally's story here.
At Dementia Alliance International, we recognize that dementia affects not only people who are living with a diagnosis but their families as well.
This month, we are highlighting Wally’s story in honor of the International Day of Families.
Every year, the United Nations supports this worldwide observance on 15 May.
The 2020 COVID-19 pandemic is a challenging social and global health crisis that brings into sharp focus the importance of protecting vulnerable individuals and families, as well as fostering greater equality for all.
In honor of the International Day of Families, please donate today and help people living with dementia and their families.
With your donation, we will continue to provide online support groups and other activities for our members, free of charge.
We have set a target to help raise the urgent funds required to be able to update our Zoom account for the next 12 months, to allow members improved access to online support, online meetings, online events and webinars and online cafes.