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Temporality and identity loss due to Alzheimer's disease


  • Orona, Celia J.


Proceeding from the assumption that the social construction of one's identity is a life long process, and that it is formed, maintained, and altered in daily social interaction, this paper examines the loss of identity attributes in a person with Alzheimer's disease as the changes perceived by a family member. Specifically, the paper focuses on: (1) strategies caregivers used to 'hang on to' their respective loved ones as they were once known, and (2) the temporally subjective aspects of that experience.

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  • Orona, Celia J., 1990. "Temporality and identity loss due to Alzheimer's disease," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 30(11), pages 1247-1256, January.
  • Handle: RePEc:eee:socmed:v:30:y:1990:i:11:p:1247-1256

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    1. Beard, Renée L. & Fox, Patrick J., 2008. "Resisting social disenfranchisement: Negotiating collective identities and everyday life with memory loss," Social Science & Medicine, Elsevier, vol. 66(7), pages 1509-1520, April.


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