Aging, the Individual, and Society by Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow

By Susan M. Hillier, Georgia M. Barrow

No box of analysis extra thoroughly integrates the mature individual over the lifestyles path than does gerontology. realizing senior citizens-who symbolize a regularly starting to be population-is changing into more and more vital. getting older, the person, AND SOCIETY introduces readers to gerontology in a compassionate means that is helping them comprehend older humans and understand how to paintings with them. The ebook balances educational examine and functional discussions, integrating social and cultural views with the tale of the person getting older approach. actions and increase reader's figuring out and abilities by means of offering many possibilities for experiential studying.

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Interviewer: You like doing that? Sue: Well yes, I have always done it. Sue's enjoyment of gardening and her involvement in other activities organized by the residential home did not mean, however, that she wished to participate in all the activities: Interviewer: Do you like art as well? Sue: No, I don't really. But they are making me come and do it now. Interviewer: They make you do it? Sue: Well, they come and ask me and I can't say no. Despite being consulted on making a decision regarding her everyday life, Sue felt unable to voice her opinion and found it difficult to say 'no' within the social context of the residential home.

Discourse and Identity 9: 387-412. 21 Chapter Valuing people with dementia Wendy Martin and Helen Bartlett The way in which people with dementia experience disempowerment is well documented (Goldsmith 1996; Kitwood 1997; Parker and Penhale 1998), and assumptions that they are not capable of making decisions or choices are commonplace. When people with dementia are not viewed as autonomous individuals, there is less opportunity for their own views and choices about care services and everyday life to be expressed.

Its application has been favourably evaluated in practice (Williams and Rees 1997), although it has also been criticized both in terms of methodology and in relation to its reliability and validity (Adams 1996). Whereas a greater emphasis on the individual sense of self, the rights of the person and valuing the perspectives of people with dementia has been noted (Downs 1997), the research nevertheless suggests that a more meaningful involvement of people with dementia in decisions and choices is possible (Adams 1999; Adams and Clarke 1999; Cantley 2001b; Wilkinson 2001a).

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