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Mild dementia
 — perceptions and problems
Author(s)P A Pollitt, D W O'Connor, I Anderson
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 9, part 3, September 1989
Pagespp 261 - 275
AnnotationThe focus on this paper is on the beginnings of dementia - on the grey area where normal and abnormal ageing seem to overlap, but where a diagnosis can be established. A group of elderly people diagnosed as suffering from mild dementia and at the relatives most closely involved with them and whom were assumed to be their carers are studied. Our principal interest is in the relatives' perception of the deterioration in intellectual function, and in their awarness of response to problems associated with it. contrary to expectation, these relatives did not see themelves as carers, or the elderly relative as demented. Spouses often saw their partner as no more disabled that themselves; and more generally, the relationship between them often showed a high degree of reciprocity. Sons and daughters were usually aware of changes in their parents' behaviour but tended to explain them in terms of normal ageing. Improvement in the process of early identification and the creation of more appropriate services are generally as desirable. Questions are raised about the usefulness and justification for intervention in a situation which is not yet recognised by those involved as requiring it. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-891212034 A

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