Alzheimer’s Tennessee, Inc. – Support, Education and Research for Alzheimer’s Disease and Related Dementias

Live Well Academy

Overcoming Stigma


Stigma is the negative feelings people may have toward a diagnosis of dementia.

“We all have challenges, it just means we need to pull together to get through.”

— Rudy, diagnosed 8 years

Strategies to Overcome Stigma

  • Educate friends and family by first educating yourself.
  • Accept that some people may need time to process and understand your diagnosis.
  • Forgive others who may not be aware how their response to stigma might negatively effect you.
  • Have a sense of humor and learn to laugh at your short comings when faced with stigma.

“I chose to combat stigma by making my diagnosis public and living my life fully in the face of Alzheimer’s Disease.”

— Brenda, diagnosed 7 years


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