NAPLES, Fla., June 16, 2014 /PRNewswire/ -- AgingCare.com has launched FadeToBlank.org, a new interactive, educational website that for the first time tells the candid, personal stories of people living with Alzheimer's disease. FadeToBlank.org offers a unique opportunity to learn what it really feels like to live with this degenerative disease.
"While the majority of industry groups are focused on research and funding, care approaches and support for family caregivers, we are missing a very important voice — the voice of those living with Alzheimer's," says Joe Buckheit, president of AgingCare.com. "It is difficult to provide the care and support that more than 5 million Americans with Alzheimer's deserve without truly understanding what they are going through. FadeToBlank.org finally fills this gap."
To date, there is still no cure for Alzheimer's, and unlike heart disease, stroke or diabetes, it is not preventable. FadeToBlank.org aims to give a voice to people with Alzheimer's, so their family members and friends are armed with the information they need to provide the best care possible. At the same time, by showing the faces of Alzheimer's, AgingCare.com hopes to break down societal stereotypes associated with the disease.
"People with Alzheimer's are not a diagnosis or statistic – we have feelings, thoughts and dreams. We want to enjoy our lives and continue contributing to our communities," says Rick Phelps, a FadeToBlank.org contributor who lives with Early-Onset Alzheimer's disease. "FadeToBlank.org gives us a platform to tell our story, to ask society to take a second and listen to what we have to say."
FadeToBlank.org shares the personal experience of those living with Alzheimer's disease and their family caregivers. To follow the lives of Rick Phelps and David Hilfiker, both living with cognitive impairments, as they navigate the trials inherent to their diagnosis, please visit their blogs here, for Rick Phelps, and here for David Hilfiker.
To help family caregivers, AgingCare.com has assembled "8 Things People with Alzheimer's Want You To Know," based on insights gathered in the process of creating FadeToBlank.org.
As part of a national educational campaign, AgingCare.com hopes to engage family caregivers and those living with Alzheimer's in a broader conversation of caregiving to ensure that these adults are afforded the dignity they deserve as they age. In the coming weeks, AgingCare.com will be inviting family caregivers, and those with Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia to contribute their voices to the story on AgingCare.com's Facebook page.
AgingCare.com is the go-to destination for family caregivers, providing trusted information, practical answers to real-life questions, and ongoing support through every challenge. Our mission is to help families prepare for and navigate the care of an elderly loved one. Visit www.AgingCare.com to learn more.