Sounds of Silence: Ending the Stigma of Alzheimer’s Disease
For many individuals, sharing their diagnosis of Alzheimer’s disease can be frightening and overwhelming. Ageism, fear of memory loss, loss of self, and assumptions about the disease are among the many factors that stigmatize persons living with Alzheimer’s.
This presentation invites participants to think anew about Alzheimer’s disease and to discuss it in ways that recognize a person’s strengths, dignity, and stories. The use of positive language combined with emphasizing what a person is still able to do versus what he or she can no longer do, can have a significant positive impact on an individual’s quality of life. Attendees will gain a better understanding on how to support the “personhood” of individuals living with dementia.
Presenter: Dr. Susan Wehry is a nationally recognized keynote speaker and workshop facilitator on depression, dementia, and healthy aging. She is the Chief of Geriatrics for the New England College of Medicine.
Her presentations combine over 30 years of experience with wisdom, compassion, and common sense, to engage attendees, help build skills, and use proven techniques.
This module satisfies the state of New Hampshire’s requirement for best practices in Alzheimer’s disease care as well as for person-centered care, communication and disease information education. Information gathered should be used within the individual’s scope of practice.