Ann Ashwor th and Peter Ashwor th Shefeld, England Shefeld Hallam University The Lifeworld as Phenomenon and as Research Heuristic, Exemplified by a Study of the Lifeworld of a Person Suffering Alzheimer’s Disease 1 ABSTRACT The carer of the person with dementia is enjoined to maintain respect, and to reinforce this a bill of rights has been established (Bell and Troxel, 1994). Of course, talk of rights does not guar- antee respectful behaviour. In this paper it is argued that the dis- cover y that the sufferer continues to be a person, with a unique lifeworld, can assist the carer to conform willingly to the demand that they act respectfully.The current research project makes cen- tral the idiographic description of the individual case. The Alzheimer ’s Society, a British charity, estimates the total number of people in the UK with some form of dementia as over 750,000 (1996 figures), and gives the over-eighty prevalence as 20% (Briggs and Ask- ham, 1999). Lack of consistency in diagnostic criteria makes comparisons difcult (Erkinjuntti, Østbye, Steenhuis, and Hachinski, 1997), but it seems unlikely that the scale of the caring challenge is much less internationally (Graham, 2003). Standing behind the three-quarters of
Journal of Phenomenological Psychology – Brill
Published: Jan 1, 2003
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