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Alzheimer’s – Walk A Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes

Alzheimer’s – Walk A Mile In Someone Else’s Shoes

There was an article published by Bloomberg that shared how dementia has now surpassed HIV/AIDS as one of the world’s top killers.

From 2000 to 2015, deaths due to dementia more than doubled. It has been ranked as the number 7 killer on the World Health Organization’s list of 10 biggest causes of death.

They also pointed out that there currently are no major new treatments on the market or a cure for the disease and the most recent drug advancement is now more then a decade old.

With an aging population and no cure or treatment in sight, you can only expect that the number of deaths resulting from dementia and Alzheimer’s disease will only keep climbing up this list.

So how do we increase research funds to support more advancements?

There’s an old saying “walk a mile in someone else’s shoes“.

The idea is that by putting yourself in someone else’s shoes, you then increase your own knowledge and understanding of what someone else’s challenges are and may then be more empathetic towards them.

In the following video from CBS they took this approach for a family struggling with a parent with Alzheimer’s disease.

They had both a family member and journalist participate in a simulation to help them understand and appreciate what it was like to suffer with Alzheimer’s disease. After only 12 minutes of the simulation, both ended up struggling with major difficulties and left with a higher empathy for what someone with Alzheimer’s disease had to go through.

Maybe by better understanding how devastating this disease is and knowing there is a new case every 3.2 seconds we might be moved to action and demand support for further research to find a cure.

Here’s the video;

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Susan Williams is the Founder of Booming Encore. Being a Boomer herself, Susan loves to discover and share ways to live life to the fullest. She shares her experiences, observations and opinions on living life after 50 and tries to embrace Booming Encore's philosophy of making sure every day matters.