Academic terminologies and stigma in later life

Geriatrics, Gerontology and Aging

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Academic terminologies and stigma in later life

Ano: 2019 | Volume: 13 | Número: 3
Autores: Déborah Oliveira
Autor Correspondente: Déborah Oliveira | [email protected]

Palavras-chave: social stigma; dementia; Alzheimer disease; aged; empathy; palliative care

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Resumo Inglês:

It is common to find stigmatising terms being used to describe older people with dementia and / or living in care homes in the Brazilian literature, such as ‘demented person’, ‘patient in asylum’, or ‘institutionalised elderly’. Historically, both mental illnesses and long-term care settings for older people have had negative connotations in society. The use of terms that historically refer to social segregation, institutionalization, or that reduce the individual to their disease can therefore contribute to the perpetuation of the stigma, prejudice, depersonalization and discrimination experienced by these people. This opinion paper aims to stimulate discussions about the use of such terms by the Brazilian scientific community and the media, as well as to foster reflections on the impact of the use of such language as part of current academic and clinical environments. The author mentions examples of stigmatizing phrases and words that are commonly found in the literature and mentions some of the consequences of stigma for people with dementia and those living in care homes. The author also refers to international documents which can be used as references for more inclusive and ethical writing.