“I want people to know that you are not alone. I, myself, had common misperceptions about dementia because I didn’t know much about the disease. It wasn’t spoken of in families. Dementia was a “disgrace” to be hidden. Ignorance promotes fear,” says Marilyn.
Reducing stigma is the premise of the Alzheimer Society’s January awareness campaign. It will showcase the unique and diverse stories of individuals like Marilyn living with Alzheimer’s disease or another form of dementia. The goal of the campaign is to change attitudes toward the disease and erase the stigma. Our tagline is “Yes. I live with dementia. Let me help you understand.” Read Marilyn's story
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As part of the campaign, Marilyn will be featured in a four-part video series called “Let Us Help You Understand”. She hopes the videos will help the public gain a better understanding of dementia and be better prepared to help support individuals living with the disease: