We need a new name for dementia.
As caregiver to my two parents, both with dementia, it has become increasingly obvious to me that the term "dementia" needs to be refreshed, as so many other medical labels have been in the recent past (e.g., we now say "a person with diabetes" vs. "a diabetic person", and certain labels such as "retarded" are now considered pejorative. In French, the word dementia means "crazy" and is considered a harsh insult. The Alzheimer's Society here wants people to simply use the word Alzheimer's Disease for all dementias, but that is completely inaccurate and dangerously misleading, particularly in terms of treatment and caregiving. My mother, who is still aware of her dementia, hates the word. Given that half of all baby-boomers are projected to have some form of dementia, it behooves us to come up with a new term for it. I'm suggesting Diminishing Mental Capacity (DMC) or Brain Connectivity Disorder (BCD). My mother likes Brain-Fade! Any suggestions or thoughts on this topic? Much appreciated. I know it takes more than a chat-room to change these sticky labels, but we have to start somewhere.