The Alzheimer’s Foundation of America (AFA) is here to help professionals and care partners alike to promote the consistent use of person-centered, inclusive and non-stigmatizing language when talking about dementia and people living with dementia. Using words with negative meaning when talking about dementia can have a deep impact on the person with dementia as well as on their family and friends.
|When talking about dementia, use language such as:||Avoid characterizations such as:|
|Alzheimer’s disease and other forms of dementia||Demented|
|A form of dementia||Senile dementia|
|Symptoms of dementia||Sickness|
|A person/people with dementia||Sufferer|
|A person/people living with dementia||Victim|
|Patient (When used outside medical field)|
|Resident (When used outside of medical field)|
|Discuss behaviors as a form of communication using phrases such as:||Do not use expressions such as:|
|Expressions of unmet need||Attention seeker|
|Psychological symptoms of dementia||Aggressor|
|Describe the impact of dementia with terms such as:||Refrain from words such as:|
|Change in life expectations||Hopeless|
Have questions or need more information? Contact AFA’s Helpline at 866-232-8484 or click the chat icon in the lower right hand corner of this page.