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Geriatrics 2016, 1(4), 25;

Dementia: Sustaining Self in the Face of Cognitive Decline

Graduate School, University of Cumbria, Room 9, Gressingham Building, Bowerham Road, Lancaster LA1 3JD, UK
Department of Health, Psychology and Social Studies, University of Cumbria, Fusehill Street, Carlisle CA1 2HH, UK
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Academic Editor: Daniel Kam Yin CHAN
Received: 8 September 2016 / Revised: 13 October 2016 / Accepted: 20 October 2016 / Published: 21 October 2016
(This article belongs to the Special Issue The Challenges of Caring of Neurodegenerative Diseases)
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It is argued that the way in which we view a person with dementia can have a significant effect on the level of disability and wellbeing of the person. There is a divergence between a belief that the self disintegrates, leaving a non-person, and a belief that the self remains but is misplaced and can be maintained with the appropriate approach from others. This article seeks to examine the differing approaches to self and personhood in dementia care, and establish ways of approaching care for the person with dementia which may limit the extent of disability in the face of cognitive decline. View Full-Text
Keywords: dementia; self; personhood; phenomenology dementia; self; personhood; phenomenology

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