Ensuring those with dementia receive the respect and understanding they deserve by teaching others how illness affects their behaviors and to give support to caregivers.
MindSet was founded in 2015 by Christine Dabramo. Although dementia was not an unfamiliar illness to her, it wasn’t until her sister, Gloria, was diagnosed in 2009 with frontal lobe dementia that it really hit home. Gloria was only 60 years old at the time.
Christine has been a part-time caregiver to Gloria, and during this time has had many experiences with strangers being rude because they lack an understanding about Gloria's behaviors in public. Christine found it very frustrating to constantly have to apologize and explain Gloria's behavior. She wished there was some other way for people to know that her sister had dementia, and that by having this knowledge, it would prompt them to be patient and show Gloria some respect. This led to the inception of MindSet.
Christine hopes that one day, everyone around the globe will recognize the MindSet logo and pause for a moment when they see it, knowing that they are interacting with someone who has an illness that cannot be recognized by appearance alone. She hopes that she can cause the world to have a change in its MindSet, and start to show these individuals the respect and understanding they deserve. Please take a moment to read her blog to gain insight into the life of a caregiver to someone with dementia. We know there are millions of other caregivers out there dealing with these same issues. If you would like to share your story with us, please email it. We know that sharing stories with others who understand can bring support and peace into your life. If you think your organization would be a great fit to partner with MindSet, please contact us.