Labeling is a Form of Stigma

Dear Dementia Diary, As January has come to a close, let’s not close the conversation about dementia.  Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia must continue to be on our minds.  As anyone that is caring or living with dementia knows, the disease needs attention all year round.  Last month, I felt the need to […]

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Stigma – What is it good for?

Absolutely nothing!  Just reading the definition of stigma makes my stomach turn and my heart ache.  Stigma, as defined by the Oxford Dictionary, is “A mark of disgrace associated with a particular circumstance, quality, or person”.  Wow, that is quite a handle to walk with.  Stigmatizing people who are living with dementia is not new.  […]

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Dementia – What are the Signs

Dear Dementia Diary, Dementia is an umbrella term for several diseases affecting memory, other cognitive abilities, and behaviour.  These diseases significantly interfere with a person’s ability to maintain activities of daily living. Although age is the strongest known risk factor for dementia, according to the World Health Organization, “it is not a normal part of […]

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First Steps – Breathe and Grieve

Dear Dementia Diary, Breathe!  I mean really breathe and start getting really good at it.  There will be many instances, while living with dementia, when you will need this tool from your toolbox.  Not just for you, but, also, for the person living with this disease.  Try deep breathing right into your belly (also known […]

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Dementia – It’s Not Their Fault

Dear Dementia Diary, Stop and think about this.  If I had a broken leg and was struggling to get the door open, would you help me open that door?  Of course!  It’s human nature to assist when we see someone in need.  Now, I have a broken brain and I say and do things that […]

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