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Epistemological challenges that attend the study of the degree to which people with Alzheimer’s disease (AD) manifest insight into their deficits are explored in terms of (1) the social dynamics of the situations that those afflicted confront in the process; (2) issues surrounding the use of...
Lack of insight or impaired awareness of deficits in people with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias (AD) is a relatively neglected area of study. The terms are widely used in professional and everyday life without a shared understanding of what lack of insight means to health professionals,...
Unawareness in dementia is often viewed as a ‘symptom’ that is wholly or primarily the product of biological factors. While neurological damage may be sufficient to produce unawareness in some disorders, it is argued that this is not generally the case in early-stage dementia. Instead, it is...
This interpretive phenomenological study examined how awareness of dementia symptoms fluctuates over time and circumstance, thus forcing the breakdown of the illness narrative. Five women and four men (age 64–88 years) with mild to moderate Alzheimer’s disease (MMSE 16–23) participated in...
Numerous studies have examined self-identification of deficits in persons with dementia. Few of these studies consider the influence of interpersonal and social factors on deficit identification, and most focus on whether or why deficits are ‘underreported’ by persons with dementia. In our...
Face-to-face interviews were conducted with six individuals in the early stages of a dementia. Interviews were initiated to explore the day-to-day experiences of dementia. The commonality that emerged across the interviews was participants’ desire to maintain continuity with their previous way...
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