4 ways to confront dementia-related stigma

by | Feb 1, 2024 | Health and Wellness, Home and Living

For many, the stigma and negative stereotypes associated with dementia can cause feelings of isolation and embarrassment. Here are four things you can do to discourage stigma and negative perceptions associated with dementia:

  1. Learn about it: One of the most effective ways to address dementia-related stigma is to learn more about it. Learning more can help with recognizing misinformation and correcting it.
  2. Use compassionate language: The language we use plays an important role in shaping how we think about dementia. Avoid using derogatory terms or making jokes about someone living with dementia. Choose language that is compassionate and puts the person first, not the condition.
  3. Include people living with dementia: Many people remain engaged in their communities and can pursue their favourite activities for years after dementia symptoms begin. Avoid making assumptions about their abilities and instead offer opportunities to include them in activities and conversations.
  4. Offer support to caregivers: Caregivers can be impacted by stigma too. If you know someone who is a caregiver for someone living with dementia, reach out to see how they are doing. It can make a big difference.

Learn more about dementia at canada.ca/dementia

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