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Living with Alzheimer's: Managing Memory Loss, Identity, and Illness

Renée L. Beard


Alzheimer’s is ubiquitous. Stories of the heart-wrenching drudgery of care giving, escalating incidence rates, and the new path to a cure just around the corner are everywhere. Yet we rarely see or hear from anyone actually living with AD. The negative portrayals, apocalyptic projections, and promise of cures in the mass media and medical outlets are grossly inaccurate. But they are also an assault on the identities of those with Alzheimer’s. Drawing on an 18-month ethnography observing cognitive evaluations and post-diagnosis interviews with nearly 100 forgetful individuals, this book aims to ... More

Keywords: Alzheimer’s, memory loss, forgetfulness, dementia, mass media, biomedicine, medicalized, stigma, myths, ethnography

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9781479800117
Published to NYU Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.18574/nyu/9781479800117.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Renée L. Beard, author
College of the Holy Cross