Centre for Policy on Ageing


The dialectics of dementia
 — with particular reference to Alzheimer's disease
Author(s)Tom Kitwood
Journal titleAgeing and Society, vol 10, part 2, June 1990
Pagespp 177-196
AnnotationA new theory of the dementing process in old age is presented in outline. Its main focus is on the dialectical interplay between neurological and social-psychological factors, with special emphasis on aspects of the latter which deprive a neurologically impaired individual of his or her personhood. The account of dementia so derived is more comprehensive and less deterministic than those which are based on the simpler versions of a 'medical model'. Also, it opens up the way for a more personal and optimistic view of caregiving. (KJ).
Accession NumberCPA-901129012 A

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