Stigma of dementia another barrier

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers education programs and support groups

Campbell River families living with the impact of dementia are also coping with stigma, according to a new study.

Nearly three-quarters of people with dementia, and 64 per cent of family caregivers, believe there are negative associations for those diagnosed with dementia, says Alzheimer’s Disease International.

The non-profit Alzheimer Society of B.C. offers education programs and support groups for both the individual who has been diagnosed with a form of dementia and their caregivers. A free local support and information group serves as a forum for sharing tips and strategies for coping with the disease. Call 1-800-462-2833 or jhope@alzheimerbc.org.