My research on dementia and aborignal communities

My research on dementia and aborignal communities

I grew up in a small Northern Ontario town and at a very early age, I recognized racism and discrimination.

I recognized the impact this has not only on Aboriginal people, but also on relationships between Aboriginal people and non-Aboriginals.

So when I had the opportunity in my career to improve relations, that’s what I wanted to do.

Health care is an area with huge impacts and I want to improve the experience of Aboriginal people in dealing with our system.

But I also want to help non-Aboriginals understand other points of view. I know what my family went through when my grandfather had Alzheimer’s disease and I see it happening again with my uncle.

I want to help people understand dementia in other ways. The way to do that is to help reposition some of the rhetoric around Alzheimer’s that is so negative.

I want to show that there are bright lights and opportunities that can make it a better experience – not just for the person with dementia, but for everybody around them.

I take a tremendous amount from my research with Aboriginal communities that has nothing to do with publishing my work. It has made me a better human being.

Read more about Kristen’s research.

045Kirsten Jacklin

Alzheimer Society Research Program Researcher

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