Is there a Stigma Attached to Alzheimer’s and Dementia?

Written by Active Minds on Thursday the 29th of September 2016.

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Be open

Engage others in discussions about Alzheimer’s and dementia. A good starting point is informing people about the difference between Alzheimer’s and dementia, as the two often get confused for one another.

Do not be discouraged

Denial by others is not a reflection of you. Some people think that Alzheimer’s is a normal characteristic of ageing and may be open to learning more about it to understand what Alzheimer’s is.  Why not direct peers to our blog, where we regularly share posts about dementia to help educate and raise awareness.

Seek support

You are not alone – it is important to stay engaged in meaningful relationships and activities. Whether family, friends or a support group, a network is critical. There is still time to take part in the Alzheimer’s Society Memory Walk this month, where you can celebrate loved ones affected by dementia, and raise money to reclaim the future!

Be part of the solution

As an individual living with dementia, your voice is the most powerful to help end the stigma attached to Alzheimer’s and dementia. If you are comfortable talking about your experiences, talk to friends, carers and loved ones and you can help raise awareness.