Since January is celebrated as Alzheimer's Awareness month, with the running of the month it becomes our responsibility to discuss maximum about this disease and bring out as many facts possible related to this problem.
With a similar aim, one simple question was being asked to people in Dufferin County since past three weeks to deeply address all the stigmas and stereotypes that are related to Alzheimer's disease and related dementias. The question was: What does Alzheimer's disease and related dementias mean to you?
Through this effort, it became possible to share the views of not only the general public or the community partners but also the individuals, who have been affected by dementia as they shared their thoughts and suggestions to make the region a dementia-friendly community.
"People with dementia are like everyone else, drawing on meaningful experiences, interests, relationships, and memories. We all have a lot to share. There is value in keeping connected to our community," explained Ms. Katherine Johnson from TeleCheck.
Exposed was one big fact: The fear of exclusion or being treated differently is a big hurdle in providing people with dementia and their families the help that they actually are in need of.
Conclusion: Dementia should be discussed more openly and honestly to help bring a change in the attitudes of people, and also to promote a better understanding of the disease among all.