Forgetting Items: The Social Experience of Alzheimer's Disease

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Indiana University Press, Jul 31, 2019 - Health & Fitness - 160 pages

Alzheimer's disease has not only profound medical consequences for the individual experiencing it but a life-changing impact on those around them. From the moment a person is suspected to be suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the interactions they encounter progressively change. Forgetting Items focuses on that social experience of Alzheimer’s, delineating the ways disease symptoms manifest and are understood through the interactions between patients and the people around them. Mapping out those interactions takes readers through the offices of geriatricians, into patients' narratives and interviews with caregivers, down the corridors of nursing homes, and into the discourses shaping public policies and media coverage. Revealing the everyday experience of Alzheimer’s helps us better understand the depth of its impact and points us toward more knowledgeable, holistic ways to help treat the disease.

 

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Contents

1 The Organization of Repairing Exchanges
1
2 Losing Credibility
35
3 The Deference Industry
71
4 Reconstituting People
101
Conclusion
127
Notes
135
Index
147
About the Author
151
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Baptiste Brossard is a French sociologist and Lecturer at the Australian National University. He is author of Why Do We Hurt Ourselves?: Understanding Self-Harm in Social Life.

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