This Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, we’re starting conversations to help people see dementia differently.
We’ve spoken to people living with dementia from across the country who’ve shared openly about their challenges and triumphs. Now, they’re sharing their stories with the world to increase understanding of what it’s really like to live with dementia and what actions we can all take to end dementia stigma.
They want you to know that life goes on after diagnosis, and that with the right help and support, people with dementia can still get a lot out of life.
But don’t take our word for it—hear it directly from Mary Beth, who was diagnosed when she was 45 and became a fierce advocate for the rights of people with dementia. Or from Roger, who was diagnosed at 57 but will tell you that his hopes and dreams in life have not changed. There’s also Mario, who got his diagnosis a year after he retired and, while it changed what he expected of his future, he has embraced it anyway, volunteering in his community, and taking up photography to express himself creatively. And then there’s Naomi, whose mum was diagnosed at 54, and who is a dedicated daughter, caregiver, and advocate for change in the way dementia is viewed in Canada. You can read about each of their journeys via the web-link below.
People living with dementia have experiences and they can educate us—we just need to listen.
It’s time to see dementia differently.
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For more information please see www.ilivewithdementia.ca or contact your local Alzheimer Society office.
Martha MacLellan, Regional Lead
Alzheimer Society Alberta & Northwest Territories
Suite 116, 5109 48th St. Yellowknife, NT X1A 1N5
Phone: (867) 669-9390 Fax: (867) 669-9392