Are you passionate about making the world a better place for those impacted by Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia?
Would you like to tell your own story or honor your loved one with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia?
We Do This in a Fun Way with Your Family Photos!
Submit Your Own Photos to Honor Your Loved One and Teach the World about Dementia (Alzheimer’s Awareness)
- Our missions are to honor your loved one and teach the world about Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia. (Alzheimer’s Awareness)
- Our vision is to see a more understanding, compassionate and kind world for those impacted by dementia. Your stories and images help others to understand and this is how we raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease and Dementia.
- We change the world one image and one story at a time by sharing your images and stories on our blog, social media accounts and more.
- We make sure everyone in the images and video slideshows knows about the plan and provides consent. This means a few pages of legal stuff, which we make very easy.
What Do You Want the World to Know About Living with Alzheimer’s Disease/Dementia?
Let’s Raise Awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia
We Tell Your Stories Together!
Frequently Asked Questions about Doggies for Dementia and This Program to Honor Your Loved One and Raise Awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease and Other Forms of Dementia.
What are my options to share my loved ones stories?
- Submit your photos along with short questionnaire about you and your loved one OR
- Request a professional photo session and we will do our best to seek out a volunteer photographer in your area. Email HERE to request.
Is there a cost?
No. Services are provided by Doggies for Dementia Foundation at no cost to you. We are a 501c3 nonprofit organization funded by donations, sponsorships and grants.
Can I share images even if the person with dementia is not a family member?
Yes, you can. The consent allowing us to share the images and their story must be completed by all involved including family members. Sometimes long term care communities contribute images with family consent. Someone with our organization will speak with the family directly as well.
I am not a professional photographer. What if my images are taken with a cell phone and not perfect?
No worries! We aren’t here for perfection. We love real life and our mission is to honor your loved one.
I am a professional photographer. I want to photograph my family or other family I know. Can I do this?
Yes! We love this! We have professional photographer volunteers who photograph families at our request. However, since this is your own family or someone you know, you do not need to apply as a volunteer. Just follow the simple directions here and submit the images as a ‘family member.’
Why is it called Doggies for Dementia Foundation?
Carmen, our founder noted the joyful candid photos created in fun, stress-free photo sessions when the family dogs were included with the person with dementia. Worries about posing, personality issues, fears of ‘doing it right’, or simply wondering what to do before the camera is gone once the dog is added to the session. Additionally, dogs are loved and popular on social media which will allow us to reach more people who don’t know a lot about dementia. Read more About Us HERE.
What do families receive from Doggies for Dementia Foundation?
- Families who submit images will see their loved ones’ images and stories on Doggies for Dementia Foundation’s blogs and pages/groups on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter. A blog will also be written and sent to all on our email list. Each family will receive a “year book” with a photo and synopsis about their loved one.
- Video slide shows will also be created and shared with families.
- Families who have photo sessions with a designated Volunteer Professional Photographer will receive prints as well. Please see website for more details.
- We expect to highlight one family per week.
Are dogs required for the photos?
We ask that most images include dogs. Mechanical or stuffed dogs are okay.
How can we support Doggies for Dementia?
We ask that you follow us on social media and like, comment and share the posts. This is how we do the important work of raising awareness for dementia (Alzheimer’s Disease).
Submit Your Photos and Complete Questionnaire.
Visit our Google File. This is the easiest way for you and us since you can answer the questionnaire, and submit photos and consent easily in one place.
Email your photos, consent and questionnaire responses. (Carmen@DoggiesforDementia.org)
About the Photos: Submit 1-10 images of your loved one. Family members can be included. Most images should include a dog.
Our Must Haves (Do this with one click to the Google File):
- Your images!
- Legal Consent for us to post the images.
- We want to honor and highlight your loved one. Please complete THIS SHORT QUESTIONNAIRE where you can also send us the photos or simply answer the questions in an email with as much detail as you desire. We’ve made it easy! Again, you can send photos and answer questions in this GOOGLE FILE.
Join Our Facebook Group: :Digging in with Doggies for Dementia:
Partially funded by a grant from the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America
Doggies for Dementia Foundation is a non-profit thats primary focus is to raise awareness towards Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of dementia. They uniquely do this by capturing candid photos of those affected by dementia surrounded by their loved ones and, of course, their family pet.
Our programs include sharing your images (your loved one with dementia and dog) and stories in our blogs, social media and email lists. We also offer gifted photography sessions for those impacted by dementia, which typically include professional matted prints and a video slideshow. Not to worry about the expressions of your loved one or the behavior of your four-legged friend, photo sessions are fun and compassionate in a comfortable and understanding environment with people who are well-versed and knowledgeable regarding dementia.
We also have Portrait Day providing photography sessions and images for those residing long term care (LTC) or in adult care programs. These are shorter sessions, but unsurpassed in beauty and compassion. Dogs may or may not be included in these sessions.
Doggies for Dementia strives to raise awareness for Alzheimer’s Disease and other forms of Dementia in order to reduce stigma, isolation and loneliness. Experts Dig in with Doggies for Dementia is a playlist on our YouTube channel (Doggies for Dementia Foundation). This is where we have candid conversations with experts including family members and professionals.
Carmen Davailus, our founder is a frequent guest at conferences and workshops sharing what families want us to know about living with dementia.
We do all we do with donations and sponsorships, so we count on those who love us to help us help others