Thinking about Dementia: Culture, Loss, and the Anthropology of Senility

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INDEX
Note: References to AD refer to Alzheimer's disease. The letter t following page number denotes a table and page numbers in italics refer to figures
acetylcholine deficiency, 47
acetylcholinesterase inhibitors, 257
Achenbaum, W. Andrew, 6
Activities of Daily Living (ADL) scale, 14–15, 221–222, 224, 227, 237n4
advanced dementia, 28–29, 30
advocacy groups: minimization of genetic risk by, 12,124,126–127,129,133,137, 138–139,147; for political action, 112
African Americans, ApoE ε4 associated with AD among, 132
Agamben, Giorgio, 9,11, 249
Agassiz, Louis, 108
age-associated memory impairment, 65
ageism, 112
agnosia, 46
Almeida, Osvaldo P., 71, 77
Almeido-Filho, Naomar, 89
Alzheimer, Alois, 25, 46, 47, 243, 256, 26n6
Alzheimer's Association (U.S.), 138–139, 257, 258
Alzheimer's disease (AD): advocacy group for, 137,138–139; aging-disease relationship and, 26; behavioral symptoms omitted from description of, 46–47; behavioral symptomology of, 47; biologization of, 7–8,12; as biosocial death, 248; as diagnostic category, 12; as disease of century, 129, 241, 250; as distinct from senile dementia, 46–47, H7ni–ii8ni; estimated incidence of, 129; familial, 139,149n2,149n7; Familial Autosomal Dominant, I5ini6; fear of, 66–67, 76,195; financial costs of, 129; increase in research funding for, 113; as living death, 129,195; misdiagnosing, 89; persistence of stigma toward, 113– 117; as social death, 248; speech/ coherence in, 167. See also Alzheimer's disease (AD), personhood and; embodied selfhood, Jewish people with AD and; genetic susceptibility, in lateonset AD
Alzheimer's disease (AD), personhood and: biosocial death and, 248–249, 259; dichotomous approaches to, 241–243; first-person accounts of, 252–253; health professionals and, 254–256; image of a nonperson, 250–252; medicating, 256–259; personhood turn in Brazil, 16–17, 244–245; "personhood wars," 246–247; "psy sciences" and, 241, 243, 244–245; in reference to human life, 247–248; self/memory and, 260– 261; site of field study for psychiatry of aging, 240–241; social death and, 248; vignettes, 240–241
Alzheimer's disease and related dementia (ADRD). See TimeSlips Project
Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders Association (ADRDA), 115, 250
Alzheimer's disease movement, n8n3 Alzheimer's Society (Canada), 138,139
American Association of Retired Persons (AARP), 112
Angermeyer, Matthias C, 72
antipsychotic medication, 57
anxiety: diagnosis of, vs. senility, 112;
genetic risk and, 131–132; memory loss

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