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Stigma Report

Here is an article about a study, originally reported on by the Australian Alzheimer’s Assoc., about the attitudes of the public regarding those with dementia. The findings are truly eye-opening, and should serve as a lesson to us all. (Be sure to check out the rest of the blog as well, as it contains some valuable insights from someone who’s worked in the field for some time.)

This report is a sad exposé of how the general community view dementia in general, and especially the people diagnosed with dementia. Its findings show 50.8% of the respondents agreed that people with dementia cannot be expected to have a meaningful conversation, and 11.7% of respondents said that they would avoid spending much time with a person who had dementia. We have such a long way to go!

Exploring Dementia and Stigma Beliefs” which describes the results of a pilot study which asked 616 Australians for their views about people with dementia. The study was conducted by Lyn Phillipson and colleagues at the Centre for Health Initiative at the University of Wollongong.

Additionally, a percentage of respondents agreed that people with dementia:

• can be irritating – 30.4%;

• have poor personal hygiene – 14.3%.


However, there were some positive views expressed with the following percentage of…

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  1. July 19, 2012 at 6:41 AM

    Thanks for sharing this report, and my blog. I’ve not worked in this area since 1977, but have been living with a diagnosis of younger onset dementia for 4 years, and also have a lot of experience as a legal guardian of two people who have dementia, in aged care.

    • July 19, 2012 at 6:45 AM

      You’re quite welcome. I found the report quite informative. Best of luck to you with your diagnosis.

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