Most Alzheimer’s organizations have found that, in general, people are more afraid of a dementia diagnosis than finding out that they have cancer. One reason for this fear is the stigma that accompanies dementia. While sympathetic to those who have Alzheimer’s and other dementias , people who haven’t been close to anyone with the disease often think that any type of satisfying life is out of reach after such a diagnosis.
According to the Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) and the Alzheimer’s Association, people with Alzheimer’s and other dementias want others to know that they can still “function.” They can still have a meaningful life. Some develop a renewed sense of purpose because they know that they have a disease that will cause cognitive degeneration, so that every moment they have is precious and should be lived to the fullest.