By Anthea Innes
What's dementia? How should still we set up dementia care? This complete publication severely examines the most methods to realizing dementia-bio-medical, social-psychological, and socio-gerontological-and the most rules and ideologies of care.Key FeaturesProvides readability at the hole among the utopian aspirations of care and the truth of care Opens up a sequence of questions about wisdom and remedy of dementiaArgues for a transition from positions that position emphasis upon the person or specific care providers to the social, cultural, and monetary context
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However, as Dressel et al. (1997) note, such categories are not mutually exclusive, and attempts to look at the connections between such groupings can be problematic. Attempts to be more inclusive incorporate a range of approaches that have limited success: • ‘Add and stir’: where previously excluded groups are added to existing models or ways of thinking and knowing which may lead to atheoretical understandings of the very topics to be included in the analysis. • Tokenism: when a group identified as being on the margins is selected as a special case to be studied.
Argue that, ‘A major effect of biomedicalization today is that the aged body tends to be viewed now as simultaneously a disease entity, a site for restoration and a space for improvement’ (2004: 736). They suggest that as increases in medical interventions to prolong life have become available, this places older people and their families under an obligation, rather than a choice, to accept treatments in their efforts to prolong life and avoid the images and reality of demise in old age. This in turn places family members in a new cycle of caregiving, where care is tied up with medical interventions to prolong life.
The advent of anti-dementia drugs fuels the search for prolonging life in the hope that a cure will emerge, reflecting, as Kaufman et al. (2004) point out, the hope that scientific developments have brought to older people and their families. Dementia also presents an interesting example of the anti-ageing science discussed by Vincent (2006a) where new scientific developments are often viewed as a panacea for ageing and a way to eradicate this final stage in the life course, a position Vincent takes issue with as it continues to see old age as a problem to be resolved rather than a stage of life to be embraced and accepted.
Dementia studies: a social science perspective by Anthea Innes