Thursday, January 10, 2013
Talking About Dementia
See me, not my disease Alzheimer's Walk Jan 27
Submitted by Ron Angell for the Alzheimer's Society of BC
magine a close friend tells you she has dementia. Would you avoid her for fear of being embarrassed by what she might say or do?
If you answered yes, you're not alone. According to a recent poll by Alzheimer’s Disease International, 40 per cent of people with dementia reported they had been avoided or treated differently after diagnosis. It’s no surprise, then, that one in four respondents cited stigma as a reason to conceal their diagnosis.
That’s why, this January during Alzheimer Awareness Month, the Alzheimer Society is launching a nation-wide campaign called “See me, not my disease. Let’s talk about dementia.” The goal is to address myths about the disease, shift attitudes and make it easier to talk about dementia.
Here’s what everyone needs to know in order to help end the stigma:
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