Self-advocacy strategies

Navigating the health-care system can be difficult at times, and often requires self-advocacy. Self-advocacy is what we do to improve a situation for ourselves, a family member or another individual.

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Self-advocacy strategies

People with dementia may be unable to make their needs and wishes known, or others may not listen to them. In that case, someone else has to speak to doctors, caregivers, health-care providers and other professionals.

Usually, the advocate is a spouse or other family member. Sometimes it’s a friend or a volunteer from the community.

These fact sheets offer tips on advocating for a family member or friend living with dementia. We suggest that you read through the series, and then use the resources provided at the end of each fact sheet to find more specific information: