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Getting Back to Basics: The Carer’s Lexicon

In our busy day to day lives I have found that people will often use acronyms, assuming their listener/reader understands.  This is not always the case. It is not only the younger generation that is using new terms (what exactly is a meme?), but those of us in the caregiving world also embrace our own jargon.

While I try to be cognizant of using proper names rather than acronyms or abbreviations, it is not always done.  As such, I am attaching a link to a previously published Terms to Know article which provides a list of frequently used terms and acronyms.  While it is not exhaustive, it provides a good starting point.

Within the dementia specific community, there are a number of terms as well, including for the PLWD (Person Living With Dementia). I have attached this glossary of terms relating to alzheimers disease from the Cleveland Clinic.

Next time you get a prescription it may be helpful to know if it is to be taken p.o or p.r.

About Audrey Miller
About: Audrey Miller, Managing Director of Elder Caring Inc. has over 30 years social work and rehabilitation experience working with older individuals and their families. She advises the financial, insurance, legal and business communities regarding elder care issues. Audrey is a recognized expert in her field. Email:

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