Framing Confusion: Dementia, Society, and History.


This essay will briefly sketch historical changes in the framing of dementia since the late nineteenth century. In broad terms, this period has seen a shift from viewing dementia as a pathological variant of normal aging to viewing it as a distinct disease. Although this broad reframing of dementia was clearly positive in raising awareness and funding for research, it had some negative aspects that should be considered. Caregiving came to seem less important than research aimed at a cure, and the stigma surrounding dementia has, if anything, increased.

DOI: 10.1001/journalofethics.2017.19.7.mhst1-1707

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@article{Ballenger2017FramingCD, title={Framing Confusion: Dementia, Society, and History.}, author={Jesse F Ballenger}, journal={AMA journal of ethics}, year={2017}, volume={19 7}, pages={713-719} }