RESPONDING TO STIGMA & DISCRIMINATION

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 Stigma and discrimination can happen in your day to day interactions with others. Sometimes it is hard to know how to handle it and respond. People have different ways of responding to stigma and discrimination. There is NO ONE RIGHT WAY.

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This section of the TOOLKIT provides some ideas and approaches that have been developed in conversation with other people with dementia for responding in day to day life when you experience stigma and discrimination by others.

It is important to be clear with yourself that a situation may be caused by the other person’s attitudes and lack of understanding, and NOT about you personally.

We have included strategies for building confidence and tips on how you can speak out.

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sometimes I find that, if you explain beforehand that you’re having a slow day and if I put my hand up and say: guys can you just sort of repeat what you’re saying; right at that moment when you’re not getting it, maybe they can slow the conversation down and laugh about it and help you as you go along...

- Lynn -

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