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Ageing, dementia and the social mind: past, present and future perspectives.

Higgs, P; Gilleard, C; (2017) Ageing, dementia and the social mind: past, present and future perspectives. Sociology of Health & Illness , 39 (2) pp. 175-181. 10.1111/1467-9566.12536. Green open access

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Abstract

Accompanying the ageing of contemporary ageing societies is an increase in age associated morbidity, with dementia having an important impact. Mental frailty in later life is a source of fear for many and a major policy concern to all those concerned with health and welfare services. This introduction to the special issue on 'Ageing, dementia and the social mind' situates the selected papers within the context of debates about dementia and its social relations. In particular it draws attention to the importance of the social imaginary of the fourth age and what this means for the issue of personhood, care, social representations of dementia and its social contextualisation. The papers illuminating these themes draw on a variety of disciplines and approaches; from the social sciences to the humanities and from the theoretical to the empirical in order to help orientate future researchers to the complexities of dementia and the social and cultural matrix in which it exists. This paper provides an introduction to the potential for a more extended sociology of dementia; one which could combine the insights from medical sociology with the concerns of social gerontology.

Type: Article
Title: Ageing, dementia and the social mind: past, present and future perspectives.
Location: England
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1111/1467-9566.12536
Publisher version: http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12536
Language: English
Additional information: Copyright © 2017 Foundation for the Sociology of Health & Illness. Published by John Wiley & Sons Ltd. All rights reserved. This is the peer reviewed version of the following article: Higgs, P; Gilleard, C; (2017) Ageing, dementia and the social mind: past, present and future perspectives. Sociology of Health & Illness , 39 (2) pp. 175-181, which has been published in final form at http://doi.org/10.1111/1467-9566.12536. This article may be used for non-commercial purposes in accordance with Wiley Terms and Conditions for Self-Archiving.
Keywords: Alzheimer's, care work, dementia, fourth age, personhood, social representations
UCL classification: UCL
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences
UCL > Provost and Vice Provost Offices > School of Life and Medical Sciences > Faculty of Brain Sciences > Division of Psychiatry
URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/1546404
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