The Language of Dementia
“Words are powerful. The use of appropriate words can dramatically help to reshape attitudes, actions, and thoughts about people who are living with dementia. Rather than disrespecting and diminishing any person, all words used shoudl be supportive, respectful and life-affirming.”
This important reminder was the conclusion of the compelling report written by the Dementia Action Alliance in the U.S., “See Me Not My Dementia”.
The report includes a list of recommendated words, words to avoid and the rationale. It’s message is relevant for staff, caregivers, family members and the public at large.