High Profile Disclosures of Dementia May Help Remove Stigma

The first woman to serve on the Supreme Court, Justice Sandra Day O’Connor, recently announced that she’s been diagnosed with some form of dementia.  Why does this matter? It could help reduce the stigma associated with brain illness, which could lead to earlier diagnosis, explain confusing behaviors, and help families prepare for crises often associated with neurodegenerative illnesses. An article in the New York Times explains more.

Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O’Connor announced that she had dementia — a rare public acknowledgment. Credit: T.J. Kirkpatrick/Getty Images

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