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The stigma of Alzheimer's and dementia: How to cope

Posted Aug 27 2010 12:00am

People stare. Most aren’t unkind, they are just curious, but when someone “different” from the norm becomes part of their environment, they often stare – without intending to be unkind. Anyone who has cared for a disabled child knows this. Anyone who has a visible disability of their own knows this. However, caregivers of people with dementia may have more difficulty coping with the stares of the public because the person they are caring for is the person who was once their dignified father or magnetic mother. The pain of seeing others stare,

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