Alzheimer's information campaign causes stigma for North Island residents living with dementia
To find out about the association of Alzheimer's disease B.C. and Month of Alzheimer's Disease, visit alzheimerbc.org.
On January 7th, residents of the North Island will be invited to participate in the Alzheimer's Awareness Month, a national campaign designed to change the public perception of what it means to live with Alzheimer's disease or other dementias. Negative attitudes and misconceptions held by friends, family, and professionals discourage people from getting a diagnosis, seeking treatment and support, or declaring their illness. This can affect the well-being and the ability to cope with changes caused by dementia.
A recent survey by Insights West showed that the majority of British Columbians know that someone lives with dementia, but that 60 percent say they are not sure they will know what to do if they meet someone who needs help and can live with dementia.
Society of Alzheimer's disease of B.C. connects people living with dementia, their caregivers and family members to support and educate at any point of the disease through the support of Dementia from First Link. People can be linked with support, asking their doctor to seek a referral by visiting their local resource center or by calling the First Line Dementia Helpline 1-800-936-6033. To learn more about the B.C. Alzheimer's Association. and Month of Alzheimer's Disease, visit alzheimerbc.org.
– Press Release
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