Next Article in Journal
Regaining Versus Not Regaining Function Following Hip Fracture—A Descriptive Study
Next Article in Special Issue
Rehabilitative Support for Persons with Dementia and Their Families to Acquire Self-Management Attitude and Improve Social Cognition and Sense of Cognitive Empathy
Previous Article in Journal
Improving Care Transitions for Hospitalized Veterans Discharged to Skilled Nursing Facilities: A Focus on Polypharmacy and Geriatric Syndromes
Previous Article in Special Issue
Dementia and Challenging Behaviors in Gerontological Centers. A Case Report
Open AccessFeature PaperCommentary

Giving Them a Voice: Challenges to Narrative Agency in People with Dementia

Cognition, Development, and Educational Psychology Department, University of Barcelona, 08035 Barcelona, Spain
Author to whom correspondence should be addressed.
Geriatrics 2019, 4(1), 20;
Received: 31 January 2019 / Revised: 8 February 2019 / Accepted: 10 February 2019 / Published: 12 February 2019
(This article belongs to the Special Issue Cognitive Aging and Cognitive Impairment)
In this paper, we argue that the capacity for narrative agency is significantly compromised in individuals with dementia due to at least three factors: (a) Dementia itself, which causes increasing difficulties in constructing and articulating coherent and meaningful stories, and sharing them with others; (b) cultural narratives about dementia, which promote an extremely negative and pessimistic view of those with the disease; and (c) the convergence of these two last factors, which can lead to caregiving interactions that do not support storytelling and can even stop people with dementia from telling stories. We highlight the importance of narrative care, which involves interventions that focus on the person and their unique life narrative. In narrative care, people with dementia are treated not as impaired patients defined by the disease, but as human beings. In doing so, people with dementia can have their own voices back, which is silenced and discredited so many times. View Full-Text
Keywords: person-centered care; dementia; narrative care person-centered care; dementia; narrative care
MDPI and ACS Style

Villar, F.; Serrat, R.; Bravo-Segal, S. Giving Them a Voice: Challenges to Narrative Agency in People with Dementia. Geriatrics 2019, 4, 20.

Show more citation formats Show less citations formats
Note that from the first issue of 2016, MDPI journals use article numbers instead of page numbers. See further details here.

Article Access Map by Country/Region

Back to TopTop