About DAAS - The Dementia Association for Awareness and Support

The Dementia Association for Awareness and Support (DAAS) uses technology to support caregivers and promote independence. DAAS operates through a series of volunteers who are passionate about its mission, vision and values. Explore the links below to learn more about DAAS.

MissioN

Our goal is to support caregivers of individuals and families living with dementia. 

Team

Learn about our team, and other not for profit operations.

Reach

Find out more about the geographic areas DAAS supports.

History

Our experience trying to help loved ones cope with managing dementia highlighted that caregivers are overwhelmed. Firstly, caregivers are overwhelmed by the fear of the unknown. Secondly, caregivers are overwhelmed by the stress of navigating the system on their own.  In our experience, there was no easy process or organization that could assist with finding all of the resources to support caregivers. Every situation is slightly different, meaning that solutions need to be personalized. However, there are in fact many commonalities, and areas where caregivers could be guided along their journey.

We wanted to create an organization devoted to bringing awareness and support to caregivers. We hope that caregivers can use the technology tools to gain and maintain independence and feel supported in their journey.

DAAS recognizes that there are multiple ways to bring awareness and support to caregivers. We have two platforms for providing awareness and support: 

(1) The Life with Dementia Podcast: a monthly podcast showcasing how to live well with dementia. Johnna Lowther, our podcast host, interviews researchers, caregivers, health care workers, family members and people living well with dementia. These individuals share practical tips and tools to improve the quality of life for caregivers and those people living with dementia. 

(2) Tusk Platform:  a software platform focusing on the wellness of the caregiver. The platform will curate a list of resources to support the caregiver with where they are at on the caregiving journey depending on the responses to a wellness and symptom tracker.

The DAAS team recognizes that dementia is becoming more prevalent. We also recognize that people are living longer and want to age in place with dignity and participate in their communities for as long as possible. 

The length of a caregiving journey is becoming increasingly long and complicated with baby boomers living longer. There can also be health events that decrease the caregiving capacity for the caregiver over the life of the condition. We want to support the caregivers to improve the quality of their lives along the caregiving journey.