7 words not to use in alzheimer news

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Counterintuitively, the words the majority of us most want to hear with respect to Alzheimer disease are those the media, researchers and Alzheimer’s organisations should employ as little as possible.

Or at least so says HealthNewsReview.org and a group of dementia pioneers and “outliers” including Dr. Eilon Caspi, Dr. Peter Whitehouse, care consultant Judy Berry, and dementia rights advocate Mary Radnofsky among others.

Believe it or not, the seven words are:

  1. hope
  2. dramatic
  3. promising
  4. victim
  5. breakthrough
  6. miracle
  7. cure

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