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Part of the National Alzheimer’s and Dementia Resource Center webinar series, sponsored by the Administration for Community Living

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Includes 1 complimentary CE credit*

*ASWB CE Credit Changes 2018: Beginning September 25, 2018, ASA will no longer be able to  issue ASWB CE credits for recorded web seminar attendance. You can only claim ASWB CE credit if you watch “The Messages We Send: Stigma Toward Persons Living with Dementia and How to End It” at 11:00 AM PT on May 7, 2019. We apologize for any inconvenience. This change is due to ASWB ACE Provider distance learning requirements. 

If you require ADA accommodation to participate in this web seminar, please contact Steve Moore at your earliest convenience to make arrangements –

Stigma around dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease—prejudicial attitudes, negative stereotypes, discriminatory behaviors and social structures biased against persons with dementia—is common. It is also a serious problem. Stigma can harm persons living with dementia and their families, for example, by causing them to avoid seeking help managing the disease’s demands, or by impeding efforts to improve their lives, such as scientific efforts to discover disease-modifying therapies. In this web seminar, discover the types of stigma that can affect persons living with dementia. Learn about the role language plays in stigma around Alzheimer’s disease, including how it perpetuates stigma and how it helps heal the injuries created by it. Acquire everyday strategies for countering stigma through person-centered approaches. Hear from a person with early stage dementia about her experiences related to these issues.

Participants in this web seminar will be able to:

  • Describe and define types of stigma around dementia;
  • Describe and give examples of the role of language in stigma around dementia;
  • Define what it means to use a strength-based approach with persons who have dementia; and,
  • List three examples of person-centered language to counter stigma around dementia.


Shana%20Stites.jpgShana Stites, Psy.D., M.A., M.S., is a clinical psychologist and researcher at the University of Pennsylvania. She and her colleague with the Penn Project for Precision Medicine for the Brain study how advances in diagnosis and treatment of Alzheimer’s disease using genes and biomarkers are changing the experience of disease.



Cynthia%20Hummel%20headshot.jpgRev. Cynthia Huling Hummel, D.Min., is living with early stage dementia, diagnosed in 2016. She is an Alzheimer’s advocate, author and artist and serves on the National Council on Alzheimer's Research, Care and Services.