Dementia, Caregiving and Political Correctness
The use of politically correct, inclusive and unbiased language is a growing trend in America. But what happens when we try to apply these constructs to terminology addressing Alzheimer's, other dementias and family caregiving?
Why Not Try This?
Friends and family often try to help a loved one with dementia by suggesting new and alternative therapies they might benefit from. The majority of these may be dead ends, but the reaction that patients receive when they do not exhaust every possible option can be disconcerting. But is it truly worth using precious remaining time recreating experimental solutions and chasing down "cures?"
The Plain Truth About "Ending Alzheimer's"
Wearing purple, using hashtags and changing your profile picture on social media won't end Alz, but there are other significant ways that you can have a beneficial impact on patients and families who are dealing with dementia.
Dementia Progresses and Life Goes On
An initial diagnosis is devastating, but as the disease progresses and one's abilities fall by the wayside, the reality of one's situation becomes strikingly clear. Coping with these new limitations and holding onto hope is all we can do, and we must continue to do so.