The Alzheimer's awareness campaign provokes stigma for people living in northern island living with dementia
To learn more about the Alzheimer's Society in B.C. and the Alzheimer's awareness month, visit alzheimerbc.org.
On 7 January, North Island residents will be invited to attend the Alzheimer's Truth Moon, a national campaign aimed at changing the public perception of what it means to live with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. The negative attitudes and misconceptions held by friends, family and professionals discourage people from getting a diagnosis, seeking treatment and support, or revealing their illness. This can affect the well-being and ability to manage the changes caused by dementia.
A recent survey by Insights West showed that most British Columbians know someone who lives with dementia but 60% say they are not sure they would know what to do if they met someone who needed help and could live with dementia.
The Alzheimer Society of B.C. connects people living with dementia, their carers and family members to support and education at any time of the disease through first aid of dementia Link. People can connect to help by asking their healthcare provider for a referral by visiting the local resource center or by calling the First Link dementia line from 1-800-936-6033. To learn more about the Alzheimer's Society in B.C. and the Alzheimer's awareness month, visit alzheimerbc.org.
– Press release
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