Dassey - Our Turtle with Wings logoDASN International - Dementia Advocacy and Support Network
A worldwide organization by and for those diagnosed with dementia, working together to improve our quality of life.

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Principles, Beliefs and Values

DASNI's History

DASNI Organization Info

DASNI History Booklet

How To Join DASNI and Our Chat Room

Member's Websites and Blogs

DASNI Contact Info

DASNI People in the News

Articles and books written by DASNI People

Presentations by DASNI People



Living with Dementia: Resources for Living Well

Finding Information

Research Studies Done by DASNI Supporters

Newsfeeds: Dementia, Alzheimer's, Pick's

Past Conferences

A Changing Melody Toolkit: How to plan a forum for people with dementia and their partners in care

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DASNI website translated in Belarus

DASN International is an internet based support network established to:

  • Promote respect and dignity for persons with dementia
  • Provide a forum for the exchange of  information,
  • Encourage support mechanisms such as local groups, counseling groups and Internet linkages, and
  • Advocate for services for people with dementia
  • Assist people to connect with their local Alzheimer’s Association

Since its founding in 2000, DASNI has evolved as an international group of people with dementia.  Approximately one-third of members have dementia themselves.

DASNI activities currently include an Internet-based support group for people with various dementias and those involved with our well-being. DASNI has an email community. Twice-daily Internet chats in a chat room help ease the isolation of dementia and educates participants about living with their diseases.

The stigma of dementia is very real, very cruel and widespread.  There is also a lack of knowledge about dementias, the impact of new medications, and the support available.  By sharing their hopes and concerns, and participating in dementia-related activities, DASNI empowers people with dementia to actively participate in their own care and treatment. We support a more accepting, more hopeful view of living with dementia. We encourage people to improve the quality of their own life by advocating for others. 

DASNI members have made presentations at Alzheimer’s Disease International conferences in Christchurch, New Zealand (2001), Barcelona, Spain (2002) and Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic (2003), Kyoto, Japan (2004), Istanbul Turkey (2005) and Berlin, Germany (2006).  Similar local and national presentations have been made throughout Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Europe, the Middle East, the United Kingdom, the United States and Brazil.

DASNI members have published books, given TV and radio interviews and written many articles on the subject of diagnosis and living with dementia.  Please our website for further information.

For local referrals to support groups and health care providers, and for more detailed information about the diseases that cause dementia, please contact your local Alzheimer’s Association.




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