There are currently 850,000 people living with dementia in the UK, each with their own unique personalities and life stories. They have the right to be treated with respect, and not stigmatised or treated differently to others because of their dementia. The way we talk about dementia has a direct effect on how people living with the condition feel. It can also have a profound effect on society.
The way we talk about dementia has the power to impact the lives of millions of people around the country, and change how society views the condition. Alzheimer’s Society have produced a positive language guide which explains how we should talk about dementia. It explains the power that language has to shape people’s experiences and perceptions, and how we should be using language to affect social change. It has had input from a wide range of people affected by dementia.