This presentation titled “Stigma and Dementia” by Kate Swaffer was produced by Dementia Alliance International specifically for the Dementia Action Alliance Conference being held in Atlanta, June 20-12, 2019.
As a virtual keynote speaker, I’m extremely hopeful this video presentation will do justice to my thoughts, personal experiences and beliefs on stigma and dementia in the 21st Century. One might question why do we still need to talk about stigma and dementia, but the reality is, very little has changed.
It may have appeared to on the surface, but the subversive and subtle experiences of stigma are reported regularly, as are the more obvious examples, a few of which I will share later on.
With or without changing cognitive capacity,
I am still all there,
I am not a shell,
and the essense of me, of my being, is still very much in tact.
Due to dementia, I may change, but so do you, each and every day.
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