Understanding what words to use around people with mental health conditions isn’t easy. Here are a few tips
- Yvonne Manson is a dementia consultant with Balhousie Care Group
“Sticks and stones may break my bones but names will never hurt me” – so goes the old saying, a child’s mode of defence against bullies in the playground.
But the fact is that words do hurt. Quite apart from obvious insults, language can be a subtle but insidious weapon – especially when it comes to older people.
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