ALZHEIMER PATIENTS SUFFER TWICE

Jan 02, 2013

By Bob Sheppard

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The Alzheimer Society of Canada says the stigma surrounding dementia can take many forms.

The society’s Mary Schulz says people diagnosed with the condition can find themselves suddenly shunned by those in their social circle.

Others will assume that the person can no longer drive a vehicle and their licence will be taken away. And at work, an employer may question whether the person can continue to do their job.

Eventually a person will no longer be able to drive, find it difficult to follow conversation or be able to work, but Schulz says it can take many years to reach that point.

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