Traduction / Translation: Français
Despite greater awareness among the general public of Alzheimer’s disease, stigmatization and discrimination continue to be some of the biggest obstacles faced by persons with neurodegenerative diseases and their families. People living with dementia sometimes feel excluded or treated differently because of their disease. That extends to their not being consulted about a diagnosis, not seeking out stimulation aids or support or them and especially not revealing that they have the disease to those who know them.
The national awareness campaign on Alzheimer’s and other forms of dementia begins today and lasts for the whole month of January. The theme “Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand,” allows the Federation of Quebec Alzheimer Societies (FQAS) and its 20 regional Alzheimer Societies to remind us that a person with dementia is someone who is a full member of society. People are not defined by their disease. They are the same person before and after being diagnosed. They are human beings who need human contact, compassion and friendship, and we must all assume responsibility when faced with this disease for betting supporting them, with dignity and respect.
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