A Narrative Review of Alzheimer's Disease Stigma

Eric R. Rosin, Drew Blasco, Alexander R. Pilozzi, Lawrence H. Yang, Xudong Huang

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As the most common form of senile dementia, Alzheimer's disease (AD) is accompanied by a great deal of uncertainty which can lead to fear and stigma for those identified with this devastating disease. As the AD definition evolves from a syndromal to a biological construct, and early diagnoses becomes more commonplace, more confusion and stigma may result. We conducted a narrative review of the literature on AD stigma to consolidate information on this body of research. From the perspective of several stigma theories, we identified relevant studies to inform our understanding of the way in which implementation of the new framework for a biological based AD diagnosis may have resulted in new and emerging stigma. Herein, we discuss the emergence of new AD stigma as our understanding of the definition of the disease changes. We further propose recommendations for future research to reduce the stigma associated with AD.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)515-528
Number of pages14
JournalJournal of Alzheimer's Disease
Issue number2
StatePublished - 2020


  • Aging
  • Alzheimer's disease
  • dementia
  • mild cognitive impairment
  • stigma
  • subjective cognitive impairment

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • General Neuroscience
  • Clinical Psychology
  • Geriatrics and Gerontology
  • Psychiatry and Mental health


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