When you think of stigmas related to health conditions, what are some of the first ones that come to mind - perhaps they are related to obesity? Maybe smoking? One that might not come to mind initially is Alzheimer’s disease.
Emma McKay understands this stigma first hand. Her mother was diagnosed with early onset Alzheimer’s disease, and Emma and her family are caregivers. Emma shared with us that “the most fundamental and common way Alzheimer's disease is trivialized is through the "old age" stereotype. Memory loss is one of the most common characteristics that we as a society associate with getting old, and so Alzheimer's is often looped into a category of diminished significance because of this. I think the stigma can be even more evident when you are dealing with early-onset Alzheimer's, because the patients' themselves look young and completely normal at first glance.”
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Emma with her mom[/caption]