In this vein, Andrew Kertesz, MD, FRCPC, a professor of neurology and director of cognitive neurology at the University of Western Ontario, London, Canada, has said that for some time he has requested that his staff avoid the use of the word dementiawhen dealing with patients and their families (written communication, January 2004). He finds it derogatory. Instead, he simply refers to each neurodegenerative entity as a specific disease (eg, corticobasal disease or frontotemporal disease), an effective and logical resolution to the problem, which we suggest other professionals could readily adopt and follow. If a generalized or broad umbrella category is needed, then cognitive impairment and neurocognitive impairment are among the several possibilities that are clear, truthful, and nonpejorative. New research continues to reveal more about the unique features of each of the various disorders. It should lead to specific treatments based on these individualized characteristics. Dementiais a dead-end diagnosis, a word with only negatives for the patient's future. But hope now exists, and patients dare not be deprived of it.