We at Neurodemcy MRU are very vocal about our advocacy. We are constantly talking about the topics of dementia and neurodegenerative diseases and how we need further research. Today, we wanted to talk about how you would be able to contribute toward obtaining the critical research that we all desperately need.
Here are a few ways that you can help contribute:
First and foremost, it would be important to arm yourself with further knowledge about the present state of research and the present state of both dementia and other neurodegenerative diseases. How are they presently being addressed? What common practices exist to help those that are diagnosed with the illness?
Knowing this empowers your voice. Knowing all this helps you inform others when they ask you about it. Knowing about all this will help you better express your thoughts and better express why we need further research.
Once you have armed yourself with further knowledge about both dementia and neurodegenerative diseases, it would be good to be vocal. If there are any health seminars in your area or any health-centered days, it would be important to attend and converse with others. If you can reach your local government representative, do so.
Engage them in conversation and express your desire for further research. Share your information. After all, no problem ever got solved just by keeping the necessary information to yourself.
One of the fastest ways to really get the word out regarding your advocacy is to go online. Find online groups. Join online forums and organizations. Support events which highly advocate further research. Each and every single post, reply, or even “like” will help spread the information.
In the world of today, action is best achieved when an idea has gone viral. You have a higher chance of your advocacy going viral online. Just be mindful of the words that you choose. There is no need to be vitriolic when you share your ideas. Always remember that there will be those that will disagree with you. Do not engage in anger. Always respond in kindness.
Always remember that further research into dementia and neurodegenerative diseases will benefit not just the current generations but all the ones that are coming after us. The cure for such diseases is important as there is nothing that is more heartbreaking than watching the mind of someone you love withering away to the point where they won’t even remember who you are.
How would you choose to contribute toward critical research?