Over 6 million people are living with Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia in the Unites States today (1,2). Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias have an enormous impact on individuals with the diagnosis, their family members, friends and communities. We believe that MAP will fill a gap that exists, by improving the post-diagnostic experience of a diverse set of people with dementia and their support partner through empathy, education, and empowerment.
What is MAP?
Memory Advocate Peers (MAP) matches individuals with mild cognitive impairment (MCI) or dementia and their support partners with a compassionate and experienced volunteer mentor who is a former support partner for someone living with dementia. MAP gives people with dementia and support partners the opportunity to share experiences with someone who “has been through it,” access valuable education on how to live well with dementia, connect to community resources, and access clinical trials and other research opportunities.
If you or someone you love has just received a diagnosis, you don’t have to go through it alone.
A diagnosis of MCI, Alzheimer’s disease or a related dementia can be devastating. Many people feel that they don’t know where to turn or what to do next. MAP’s goal is to improve your experience after a diagnosis by ensuring that you have someone who understands to talk with, know about supports, and have help connecting to resources.
You can make a difference in the race for a cure.
Many recently diagnosed individuals want to participate in clinical trials or other research opportunities, but are not sure how to get started, which opportunities might be best for them, or how to get started. MAP’s goal is to make it easier for you to participate in clinical trials and research by listening to your hopes and concerns, answering your questions, and helping you to find the right opportunity in your area.
There is life after a diagnosis of MCI, Alzheimer’s disease or related dementia.
Many people living with dementia say that when they were first diagnosed, it felt like the end, but they soon realized that there was a lot of living left to do. For most people, living their best lives after a diagnosis means staying independent and doing the things you want to do for as long as possible. To do this means getting educated, planning ahead, and building a network of support. MAP’s goal is to empower you to live resiliently with dementia by connecting you to the information, support and resources you need, when you need them.
- Alzheimer’s Association. 2020 Alzheimer’s Disease Facts and Figures. Alzheimer’s Dement 2020;16(3):391+.
- 2021 Alzheimer’s disease facts and figures. Alzheimers Dement. 2021 Mar 23.