Footnotes: 1. Prevalence and Monetary Costs of Dementia in Canada, a report by the Alzheimer Society of Canada (2016)
Stigma is one of the biggest barriers for people with dementia to live fully with dignity and respect. That's why The Alzheimer Society is excited to kick off the second year of their awareness campaign--Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand—to spark conversations and encourage Canadians to see dementia differently.
Once again this year, the experts are doing the talking: people with lived experience. Their vibrant ambassadors are openly and honestly sharing their stories to show Canadians a pathway to understanding. After all, who better to educate the public than those who face stigma every day?
By highlighting the humanity that is part of every single person living with dementia, the awareness campaign seeks to convert judgement into compassion and assumptions into understanding.
It's time to see dementia differently.
Check out ilivewithdementia.ca for useful information and resources to help you learn more and take action to end dementia stigma.
If you are concerned about a family member, loved one or friend experiencing signs of Alzheimer's-give us a call to see how we can help.
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