Dementia Together is a nonprofit organization with a mission: No one has to walk the dementia journey alone. We realize that for people living with dementia their hope may not be in a future cure, it is in the current care. Until there are cures for the various causes of dementia “in the meantime”, we help people care well, so that those experiencing dementia can live well. Through education and enrichment, we make living well with dementia the expectation, not the exception.
At Dementia Together, we cultivate joy while building stronger connections for those living with dementia, their care partners, and our community.
We share the SPECAL method in our dementia friendly education, which is a simple evidence based disability management model, understandable by anyone regardless of educational level or medical knowledge. The SPECAL method is effective in positively managing dementia, promoting lifelong well being for people living with dementia while decreasing stress for care partners.
Life enrichment programs that you and your loved ones can attend, and support to help you in every stage of the journey.
Participate in Dementia-Friendly education and check out the schedule of life enrichment programs for your residents or clients.
Harlan: “Sometimes with my problem…this is the problem I have…what is it honey?”
Marlene tenderly responded: “You have dementia.”
Harlan: “Yes, I have dementia. I can’t get things out…Some days are good. Some are bad.”
Harlan looked toward his beloved wife and added: “Today is a good day. I like it here.”
While reminiscing at Memory Café about favorite school memories, in the comfort of friends who aren’t rushing or correcting him, Harlan shared the story of when he saw his future bride for the first time.
“I saw her across the band room, she was over there, and I was over here…and I thought, “WO!”.
All the memory café friends joined him in laughter. We asked Marlene if she thought the same thing. Her attempt at a diplomatic response brought even more laughter: “No, not really.” Despite Harlan’s aphasia, he quickly came back in jest with, “and it’s been like that for a long time!”