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XXIII.3 May + June 2016
Page: 59
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Expanding design possibilities for life with dementia


Authors:
Amy Hwang, Khai Truong, Alex Mihailidis

Dementia—a syndrome most commonly caused by Alzheimer’s disease—is widely understood as progressive memory loss and functional decline in older adults. Still without a cure, dementia conjures images of loss, deterioration, and dependency on caregivers—usually family members—until care needs warrant institutionalization. Persons with dementia need increasing care, and caregivers need support to cope with the increasing burden. Insights This biomedical construction of dementia—considered an instance of the broader biomedicalization of aging, eloquently critiqued by Vines et al. [1]—has spawned significant investments in “gerontechnological innovations” [2]. These strive to promote independence and dignity for persons with dementia by delivering cognitive training (e.g.,…




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