By Anthea Innes

What's dementia? How should still we arrange dementia care? This finished booklet severely examines the most methods to figuring out dementia-bio-medical, social-psychological, and socio-gerontological-and the most ideas and ideologies of care.Key FeaturesProvides readability at the hole among the utopian aspirations of care and the truth of care Opens up a chain of questions on wisdom and therapy of dementiaArgues for a transition from positions that position emphasis upon the person or specific care prone to the social, cultural, and financial context

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While such variations can be explained according to cultural norms and expectations in treatment, the question arises about accuracy of diagnosis and the early availability of information and treatment offered to people with dementia and their families. , 2005: 27). Using the example of Ireland, O’Shea (2004) argues that in the absence of government support through investment in community care services the health of informal carers suffers. This arguably applies to countries worldwide where dementia care falls predominantly on family members for at least some time in the trajectory of the illness.

2 per cent of those with dementia are classed as younger people with dementia (age 50–65). 5 per cent). 8 per cent of those 90 or over. • The cost of providing care in the community increases with the severity of dementia but is still cheaper than providing care in care homes. , 2007b). This is in a sense a return to images promoted in the 1980s of a ‘rising tide’ of people with dementia (Ineichen, 1988), and could be interpreted as a ploy adopted by lobbyists to bring attention to dementia and in turn the need for funding and resources for research and care services; a ploy that has reported success elsewhere, for example in North America (Holstein, 2000).

For the purposes of this chapter, where the context of the study of dementia is being reviewed, it is enough for now to acknowledge that the social world of care settings is a complex interplay of macro-level social factors where paid care is relatively undervalued as are those who receive care: two groups on the margins of society in some way coexisting in a socially constructed physical space designed to ‘provide care’ to those who can no longer remain in their own homes. qxp 1/2/2009 4:21 PM Page 43 emergence of care in the community (which includes residential and nursing homes) has contributed to a rise in the profile of both dementia and dementia care.

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