Thursday, January 10, 2013

 

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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:

  • Common stereotypes and misinformation about dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, foster feelings of shame, rejection and embarrassment in people living with the disease - at home, at work and in the community. Misinformation also prevents others from taking the disease seriously.

  • Dementia does not define the person. People with dementia are still people with unique abilities and strengths who deserve to be treated with respect and dignity.

  • Fear of exclusion or being treated differently prevents people with dementia from seeking the help they need or disclosing their disease.

  • Talking about dementia openly and honestly helps to dispel inaccurate information, change attitudes and promote a better understanding of the disease.

Take an interactive quiz to Test Your Attitude about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementia. 

 

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