On May 7, the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center hosted the webinar titled “The messages We Send: Stigma Toward Persons Living with Dementia and How to End It.”
Rev. Cynthia Huling-Hummel, D. Min., and Penn Memory Center Scholar Shana Stites, PsyD, MA, MS, led the seminar about the types of stigma that can affect persons with dementia.
During the seminar, Dr. Stites describes the powerful role of language in creating stigma of dementia and how people can counteract this stigma through use of strengths-based and person-centered language when talking with and about persons with dementia. Dr. Huling-Hummel, who was diagnosed with Alzheimer’s disease in 2011, shares her own experience related to these issues as well.
From watching this seminar, viewers can expect to acquire person-centered language strategies to help end stigma surrounding dementia.