Dichotomising dementia: is there another way?

In this article Mc Parland et al. (2017) discuss the narratives of “tragedy” and “living well” with dementia. They suggest that these two discourses effectively sit in opposition to each other and do not reflect the complex reality of what it means to live with dementia. Accepting that the move to a positive or living well discourse was a necessary response to the tragedy discourse, they argue there is the potential that those who do not meet our notion of what it means to live well with dementia risk even further disenfranchisement and that this tension between the two discourses has the potential to create division among people with dementia themselves. The authors suggest it is time to challenge these seemingly opposing discourses and create one that more accurately reflects and supports the multiple realities of dementia.
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Dichotomising dementia: is there another way?
Date: 
2017
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McParland, P., Kelly, F. and Innes, A., 2017. Dichotomising dementia: is there another way?. Sociology of health & Illness, 39(2), pp.258-269