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DECIDING HOW YOU WANT TO RESPOND
The first step in RESPONDING TO STIGMA is recognizing when an interaction is making you feel inadequate in some way, and naming it as STIGMA. It helps to recognize that it is the other person’s attitude and/or actions that are the problem, because they are making judgements about you that don’t reflect who you are. It’s NOT about you personally.
I think it’s the other folks, the folks that don’t have Alzheimer’s that are uncomfortable with us. It's NOT US that aren’t acting appropriately, I think for the most part we all still do. But is the group that is supposed to be “OK” that is having trouble with it…
- Donna -
How you respond is UP TO YOU. Some people find it is intimidating to speak out, but others feel that it is their responsibility to say something, as these can be valuable moments for making change.
There is NO "ONE RIGHT WAY".
HERE ARE SOME SUGGESTIONS
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