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Young onset dementia: The impact of emergent age-based factors upon personhood

Tolhurst, E. and BHATTACHARYYA, Sarmishtha and KINGSTON, Paul (2014) Young onset dementia: The impact of emergent age-based factors upon personhood. Dementia, 13 (2). pp. 193-206. ISSN 1471-3012

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This paper evaluates how emergent age-based factors may impact upon the experience of dementia. A review of selected literature is undertaken to explore how personhood has been conceptualised in relation to dementia. It is then highlighted that very little literature explicitly addresses personhood with reference to young onset dementia. Young onset dementia is defined, and evaluation is then undertaken of the distinctive age-based factors that might shape the experience of the condition. It is noted that whilst there are separate literatures on both personhood and young onset dementia, there appears to be little endeavour to draw these two strands of thought together. The distinctive factors that shape young onset dementia suggest that a more heterogeneous perspective should be developed that accounts more appropriately for how personal characteristics shape the lived experience of dementia. The paper concludes that further research should be undertaken that has an explicit focus on personhood and young onset dementia.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: age; person-centred care; personhood; psychosocial factors; social constructionism; young onset dementia
Faculty: School of Health and Social Care > Social Work and Social Welfare
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Depositing User: Edward TOLHURST
Date Deposited: 09 Aug 2017 10:06
Last Modified: 09 Aug 2017 10:06
URI: http://eprints.staffs.ac.uk/id/eprint/3710

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