We Need To Talk
Did you know one in five Canadians would avoid seeking help for as long as possible if they thought they had dementia?
Sandra Britten, an advocate for the Alzheimer Society, lives with Lewy body dementia and understands the initial hesitation to talk openly about the disease.
“I use to have a very good memory, but when I was 51 I started having memory problems that affected my work. I was losing my ability to concentrate and it was partly my fault that my diagnosis took so long; I was reluctant to tell my doctors. Not disclosing my symptoms right away was a mistake. After my diagnosis, I connected with the supportive staff at the Alzheimer Society and talked about my experience; I slowly overcame my feelings of hopelessness and regained my confidence,” Britten says.
This January, the Alzheimer Society is launching a digital campaign called ‘We Need to Talk’. Click here to watch:
Through this campaign, the Alzheimer Society hopes to spark conversations about the disease to get people talking more comfortably and openly about Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias.
Over the holidays during family get togethers, people often notice changes in a family member. Alzheimer’s Awareness Month focus in January is to get people talking and picking up the phone to call for help.
“There’s still a lot of stigma out there. As part of the campaign, I want people to start talking about their experience to take away the fear,” says Britten. “The journey does not always run smoothly, but if you have dementia, you need to discover and know your limitations so you too can live well. You are not alone. Don’t be afraid to talk about it and ask for help.”
The Alzheimer Society encourages all Nova Scotians to join the conversation this month.