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What are the four key criticisms of the biomedical model of dementia?

1. ignores social contexts/social factors
2. reduces people to their illness (loss of personhood)
3. lacks guidance for good care
4. no positive aspect - focus on decline of the individual


Who is the key sociologist who challenged the biomedical view, believing dementia to be rooted in social interactions

Kitwood (1998)


What does VIPS stand for? (Brooker, 2007)

- Value
- Individualised approach
- Perspective of person with dementia
- Social environment (that is supportive and recognises importance of relationships)


What are the two aspects of the self identified by Sabat and Howe

1. Personal identify as continuous (remains despite the dementia)
2. selves that are socially and publicly presented can be lost but only indirectly as a result of the condition


What are the strengths of labelling in relation to dementia?

- diagnosis helps family to understand a persons behaviour
- allows people (e.g activists living with dementia) to talk about their experiences and eradicate stigma


What are the limitations of labelling in relation to dementia?

- loss of autonomy in a care home when one is labelled as incapable to doing certain things
- individual is reduced down to their illness, so all their actions are seen to reflect the dementia (e.g walking seen as wondering rather than exercise)


Strengths of social constructionist approach

- helps us to understand lived experiences of dementia
- implications for improving care
challenges negative representations


Limitations of social constructionist approach

- focus on storytelling is not wholly reliable
- need to address diversity in identities
- need to address embodiment


Outline the ethnography of Chai Village

- Jewish care facility
- residents enacted embodied selfhood by paying attention to their appearance, using gestures to communicate and taking part in music and dancing


Outline hyden's view on storytelling

- storytelling can become impaired as dementia progresses
- residents use gestures/body language to tell the story
- storytelling is collaborative (scaffolding to help support storytelling)