Connecting women for hope and health

Our Mission
The Daughters of Dementia community provides encouragement to women caring for or grieving loved ones with Alzheimer’s disease and related dementias through mentor/caregiver matching, support groups and disease prevention education. We empower women to take charge of their own brain health by prioritizing self-care of the mind, body and spirit.

Our Story
In 2008, the daughters of dementia met for the first time at an Austin Tex-Mex restaurant. A caregiving survivor of her own mother’s early onset Lewy Body Dementia, Shana had seen a local news story featuring Lauren’s mother’s early onset Alzheimer’s diagnosis and decided to reach out. Their resulting friendship removed much of the isolation and fear Lauren faced as a caregiver and daughter of dementia.

What should young people do with their lives today? Many things, obviously. But the most daring thing is to create stable communities in which the terrible disease of loneliness can be cured. – Kurt Vonnegut

Our prayer is that every daughter of dementia would find this kind of personal connection to support them on their journey.

Lauren Flake
Co-Founder, Director

Lauren is a wife, mother to two girls and two dogs, writer/blogger and health enthusiast. Her mother, Dixie, was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2006 at age 52, despite having no confirmed family history of the disease.  Dixie passed away in 2013, a few months before her 60th birthday.

Read about her journey at

Shana Gibbs

Shana’s mother was diagnosed with early-onset Lewy Body Dementia.  Her mother passed away in 2007.

Read about her journey at