Like many diseases that affect mental health, Alzheimer’s comes with a certain stigma. A stigma is a mark of disgrace, often from a lack of adequate knowledge on the subject, and results in someone judging you based on what they believe to be true about your condition. The negative effects of a stigma include discrimination in the workforce, difficulty finding housing, a lack of complete understanding of the disease by family members and the public, and many more. In some cases, the stigma will often have negative effects on the overall self esteem of the person suffering from the disease. In order to change the social stigma of mental health, Alzheimer’s awareness and education is crucial.
Watch as these people who are suffering from Alzheimer’s share how they deal with the stigma of the disease on a daily basis.