Could It Be?

Could It Be?

I was speaking with an acquaintance the other day and he asked me if I had any family knowledge about Alzheimer’s disease. I said I did, and asked him what his connection with Alzheimer’s was. He said that he had been diagnosed with dementia, but he didn’t have Alzheimer’s. He asked what the difference was between dementia and Alzheimer’s. I replied that I didn’t know but, at some point, the difference doesn’t matter. One of the things I find interesting about this conversation, and similar conversations, is that people want to be clear, they DON’T have Alzheimer’s disease. Is it the word that scares them? Is it the idea that they might have something for which there is no cure? Is dementia an easier word to...