OMAHA, Neb., Sept. 30, 2019 /PRNewswire-PRWeb/ -- A new report released by Alzheimer's Disease International (ADI)
According to research conducted by ADI, 43% of survey respondents living with dementia report being avoided or shunned by those around them, while 57% of survey respondents feel they are treated unfairly and have difficulty making or keeping friends. Two-thirds of respondents also said others even joked about their dementia symptoms.
"Social isolation and loneliness is common among those living with Alzheimer's or dementia. But surprisingly, most of the time it is the stigma, and not the symptoms of the disease, that leads others to distance themselves from those living with the diagnosis," said Lakelyn Hogan, Gerontologist and Caregiver Advocate at Home Instead Senior Care. "When we all make a concerted effort to eliminate the stigma associated with these diseases, we can drastically improve the quality of life for those affected."
The negative impact of the stigma associated with Alzheimer's and other dementias is not just limited to the more than 50 million people across the globe living with the disease, but it also extends to those providing care, particularly their loved ones. Home Instead recommends exploring at least one of the following ways to help make the world a more dementia-friendly place:
While we all may not experience Alzheimer's and dementia in our lives, we do have the ability to create a world where those impacted can feel more accepted and understood. Visit http://www.helpforalzheimersfamilies.com for more resources to better understand the role you could play in breaking down stigmas and building a dementia-friendly community.
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