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Dementia Friends presentation held

MUNCIE, Ind. — Dementia is an umbrella term that withstands a lot of misconception and stigma. Dementia Friends Indiana is one program that’s looking to change that.

The session, led by Lifestream’s caregiver program coordinator, Tia Drumm, explained dementia, its signs and symptoms, how to better communicate, and more. While the session revolved around supporting those with dementia, Drumm highlighted how supporting the caregivers is equally essential.

"You know, we can't have one person that has a whole village around them that cares for them and then kind of have someone on the outskirts that we're not examining how they feel," explained Drumm.

It also takes a village to educate the masses on dementia. Session attendees came together to work in their notebooks and learn together.

Outside, the air was cold. Inside, hearts were warm—not just because of the free coffee. The interactive presentation was full of laughs and stories. In fact, Drumm had her own story to tell.

"With my grandmother, in particular, living with her dementia, you know if she tells me that the sky is purple, I'm going to respond, 'And isn't it the most beautiful shade?'" said Drumm.

If there’s one thing Drumm wanted the audience to take away from today, it’s that you are not alone. Drumm capitalized on just how important it is to have a support system, whether you’re living with dementia or giving care to a loved one.

"You don't have to go through this journey by yourself, and I don't think that this is a journey to be on by yourself either," said Drumm.

The dementia friends community is looking to grow by emerging itself in the public and educating more people.

For more information, go to dementiafriendsindiana.org.

Contact Sophie Schick with comments at sophie.schick@bsu.edu