Today is the Alzheimer’s Association’s “Go Purple/Alzheimer’s Action Day.” In a new video from the organization, several individuals with early-stage Alzheimer’s share their stories about the challenges of the disease and how they would like to change how others view it.
According to the Alzheimer’s Association, progress has been made in the fight against Alzheimer’s, but there is still much more to do. Stigma around Alzheimer’s exists for more than 35 million people who are living with dementia worldwide. Stigma and stereotypes are significant obstacles for individuals with Alzheimer’s and their families.
Rob Epp, who is featured on the Alzheimer’s Association Web site, is a caregiver for his partner, Jordan, who was diagnosed with younger-onset Alzheimer’s four years ago. Rob believes raising awareness of the disease is essential for those living with it.
“There is stigma surrounding any serious illness, but if people understand, then they won’t be afraid. And if they’re not afraid, then there is no stigma — just the disease,” says Rob. Click here to read Rob and Jordan’s story.
Click here to visit the Alzheimer’s Association Web site to learn more.