Dementia studies: a social science perspective by Anthea Innes

By Anthea Innes

What's dementia? How may still we set up dementia care? This entire publication seriously examines the most ways to realizing dementia-bio-medical, social-psychological, and socio-gerontological-and the most ideas and ideologies of care.Key FeaturesProvides readability at the hole among the utopian aspirations of care and the truth of care Opens up a chain of questions on wisdom and remedy of dementiaArgues for a transition from positions that position emphasis upon the person or specific care companies to the social, cultural, and monetary context

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The first critiques (Lyman, 1989; Bond, 1992) of the biomedical approach provide a useful starting point for thinking about what dementia is and the implications of conceptualizations for those with dementia. qxp 1/2/2009 4:21 PM Page 27 2 THE CONTEXT OF DEMENTIA STUDIES : POLITICAL , ECONOMIC AND SOCIAL ISSUES Chapter summary • This chapter provides an overview of the global political, economic and social issues surrounding the study of dementia. Building on the previous chapter’s exploration of what is known about dementia, this approach is developed to address the question of ‘how we know what we know’ about dementia.

Qxp 1/2/2009 4:21 PM Page 23 consensus over medical categorizations to treatments and the neverending quest for a cause and cure, have perhaps been the key factors influencing social pyschologists and social scientists to challenge and contribute to shaping alternative discourses about dementia. As has been noted: If medical researchers and practitioners were basing their judgments on firm theory resulting from an extensive body of empirical evidence then their interpretation of dementia as a disease ought to carry more weight.

Next, the chapter considers economic concerns relating to the financial costs of providing care, while remembering the personal costs of care provision borne by family and paid carers. The social context of dementia, including the institutionalization of people with dementia, the stigma relating to dementia and the marginalized position people with dementia and their families may occupy, is then outlined. This chapter therefore provides a contextual overview of the study of dementia required to explore the numerous challenges faced by those providing care to people with dementia and support for their carers.

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