“ALTTTTheimer’s and dementia”

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There’s NOTHING in geriatrics that drives me more crazy than when you’re on a tour of a dementia care community and the tour guide says…“This is our Alttttheimer’s and dementia unit.” First of all, it’s ALZheimer’s, not ALTheimer’s: you gotta hit that “Z”, people! It’s a German last name. Secondly, families are confused enough without hearing “Alz and dementia” in the same sentence. Dementia is the umbrella term, so the tour guide SHOULD be saying just, “dementia,” or, if they MUST, “Alzheimer’s disease and other types/forms/causes of dementia.”

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Rachael Wonderlin has a Master’s in Gerontology and is the author of two published books with Johns Hopkins University Press. She owns Dementia By Day, a dementia care consulting company.

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