LABELS

This was a post from August 2nd – another chance for me to rant on ‘labels’ people are given and how others may react…

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la·bel [ley-buhl] *

noun

a slip of paper, cloth, or other material, marked or inscribed, for attachment to something to indicate its manufacturer, nature, ownership, destination, etc.

a short word or phrase descriptive of a person, group, intellectual movement, etc.

*dictionary.com

Labels, we all need them. How would we know what anything is? A hot dog could be mistaken for a sausage dog without the written or spoken word accompanying the item.

Yet, using ‘labels’ can be harmful when describing a person who has Alzheimer’s disease.

I can’t tell you how many times the words ‘aggressive’ and ‘clingy’ were used to describe my Mom when she entered the long-term care facility. The moment she was ‘labeled’ by staff, the more she behaved that way. No one took the time to ascertain why she was exhibiting these traits. Was she scared? Was she frustrated? Did…

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