Forgetting Items: The Social Experience of Alzheimer’s Disease

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Alzheimer’s disease has not only profound medical consequences for the individual experiencing it but a life-changing impact on those around them. From the moment a person is suspected to be suffering from Alzheimer’s or another form of dementia, the interactions they encounter progressively change. Forgetting Items focuses on that social experience of Alzheimer’s, delineating the ways disease symptoms manifest and are understood through the interactions between patients and the people around them. Mapping out those interactions takes readers through the offices of geriatricians, into patients’ narratives and interviews with caregivers, down the corridors of nursing homes, and into the discourses shaping public policies and media coverage. Revealing the everyday experience of Alzheimer’s helps us better understand the depth of its impact and points us toward more knowledgeable, holistic ways to help treat the disease.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherIndiana University Press
Number of pages160
ISBN (Print)9780253044983
Publication statusPublished - 31 Aug 2019


  • Alzheimer's disease
  • Dementia
  • Sociology
  • Symbolic Interactionism

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