- Feb 22, 2022
I try not to use the word dementia. I have Alzheimer’s and prefer to use that word. Dementia still holds a stigma. Medical professionals are beginning to understand the stigma of the word and have begun to call it Terminal Bain Disease. Good luck.I don't like the word Dementia and think it should be changed, if you think about the genesis of the word it seems to come from the Latin word "demens,” meaning “out of mind".
Also historically it was thought that people were possessed by "demons" and this was making them behave in a certain way and even today Demented is used as a derogatory term.
So for me the word Dementia seems to have purely negative connotations that harks back to a time of fear and ignorance. Perhaps a better umbrella term would be progressive brain disease?