Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Need to consider the language of dementia

Yesterday, CTV reported on the World Health Organization and Alzheimer's Disease International's report, "Dementia: A Public Health Priority". The article reaffirmed how the number of persons with dementia is rapidly increasing. While this increase may pose significant challenges to our current health care system, and our communities, I question the usage of language that describes dementia as a "ticking time bomb". The 'tragedy' language of dementia needs to be reflected upon, and in most cases, challenged. Persons with dementia, are just that, persons. They are not time bombs.

Read more: http://www.ctv.ca/CTVNews/Health/20120411/dementia-study-world-health-organization-120411/#ixzz1xan4f7JQ

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