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Dementia, Notes to Remember

According to Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, more than 170,000 people in North Carolina are affected by all forms of dementia, and these numbers are expected to increase to 210,000 by the year 2025.

Dementia Alliance of North Carolina, formally known as Alzheimer’s of North Carolina, is committed to servicing North Carolinians with education and empowerment to those living with dementia and their families. They provide families with daily support through in-office and phone counseling, support groups, resource referrals and emergency respite assistance.

The Dementia Alliance of North Carolina focuses on offering compassionate support and assistance to those who are living with or caring for individuals throughout all stages and types of dementia. They are committed to our state and to doing everything in their power to provide local support. They have four primary focus areas: Family Services and Support: They provide families with daily support; Community Outreach: They enhance public relations initiatives, implement new partnership programs and engage in community outreach; Education and Empowerment: They offer a variety of workshops to the community and equip caregivers with the tools and resources they need to make informed decisions; and Research Efforts: They advance research for the prevention, cure and treatment of all types of dementia by funding early career investigators from a variety of fields and disciplines.

In 1980 Alzheimers North Carolina (AlzNC) was formed at Duke University under the guidance of Governor Bob Scott, medical professionals and a group of families affected by the disease. The organization’s purpose was to provide assistance to North Carolina families affected by a diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias. Now after more than 32 years AlzNC has been rebranded to Dementia Alliance of North Carolina. Their new identity will be to more accurately communicate its mission, vision and unique role to support caregivers and individuals across the state, who are impacted by all types of dementia, including but not limited to Alzheimer’s disease.

The mission of Dementia Alliance of North Carolina is to improve lives of caregivers and those living with dementia and other North Carolinians impacted by dementia, engaging and empowering them through support, education and research. They believe that everyone impacted by dementia deserves access to resources that deliver hope and quality of life until there is a world without dementia.

Wow, what a great resource for a family living with dementia. Please take advantage of these resources. You can contact the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina by calling 919-832-3732 or you can e-mail Lisa Levine the Director of Education with the Dementia Alliance of North Carolina at They are located at 9131 Anson Way, Raleigh, N.C. You can visit their website at

Please continue to stay in touch. Next week I have some really funny things to share with you, so you can laugh!! Laughter is good medicine, the bible tells us in Proverbs 17:22, “A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a crushed spirit dries up the bones.” Hope you have a “Best Day Ever.”

Dementia Alliance of North Carolina offers compassionate support

By Lesia R. Henderson

Contributing columnist

Lesia Henderson is the aging specialist with the Sampson County Department of Aging.