"A theme that extended to almost every area of focus illuminated during the Town Hall Meetings was a reported stigma associated with Alzheimer's and the effects on those living with the disease. The impact of stigma was very present in discussion about symptoms, recognition and diagnosis. Many people reported a hesitation in admitting they had Alzheimer's disease for fear of negative public perceptions about the disease and its potential for causing social isolation...Even after the person with the disease has come to terms, denial and a general lack of understanding was still present among family and friends."
- Alzheimer's Association, Town Hall Meetings Report
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