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Alzheimer’s News – Choose Your Words Carefully

Event Date: 07/12/2020

 

Even if guided by the best of intentions, common language can inadvertently come across as insensitive or upsetting to our audiences. Phrases like “Don’t forget…” or “Remember to…” may seem like a good use of language, but consider how it might make someone feel who’s dealing with a disease that impacts memory and thinking. Whenever possible we should reword our messages to avoid these phrases. Instead try: “Be sure to…,” “We can’t wait…,” “We need you…” or “…right around the corner” to create urgency and excitement. For example, if you’re reminding people of an upcoming event, you could change, “Don’t forget to attend our kickoff tomorrow!” to “We can’t wait to see you tomorrow!”

For more information the Alzheimer’s Helpline is accessible 24/7 via 800-272-3900 and staffed by master’s level clinicians to assist with crisis situations, decision-making, and disease information. You can also find virtual dementia caregiver resources online at alz.org/covid19help. Tools and support are also available in Spanish.

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Post Date: July 9, 2020

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