Article ID: CBB001421883

Dementia Policy in Australia and the “Social Construction” of Infirm Old Age (2014)


Hunter, Cecily (Author)
Doyle, Colleen (Author)

Health and History
Volume: 16, no. 2
Issue: 2
Pages: 44-62
Publication date: 2014
Language: English

Twenty years of Australian dementia policy brought a previously marginalised group of infirm old people into mainstream aged care. This happened in the context of the interpretation of dementia as a disease process. Dementia advocacy has grown, and perceived problems around state versus federal responsibility in the matter of dementia care, and the integration of health and welfare responses to illness, have been addressed. Advocacy movements have kept dementia in the minds of those in control of the political agenda, and advocates have presented dementia care as a problem of population health rather than aged care. However, the emphasis on dementia as disease tends to categorise those people with the condition as a residual group in terms of health policy. It undermines the possibilities dementia policy has created for fostering a new public understanding of life in infirm old age. For societies dominated by a view of old age as an active period of life such understanding is crucial.

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Authors & Contributors
Ameringer, Carl F.
Budde, Cristiane
Cary, Geoffrey
Christoff, Peter
Coleborne, Catharine
Dovers, Stephen
Mefisto: Rivista di medicina, filosofia, storia
Health and History
Australian Journal of Politics and History
História, Ciências, Saúde---Manguinhos
History of Psychiatry
Cambridge University Press
Duke University Press
CSIRO Publishing
Éditions Rue d'Ulm
Palgrave Macmillan
Mental disorders and diseases
Health care
Clinical psychology
Medicine and society
Public policy
Time Periods
21st century
20th century, late
19th century
20th century
18th century
20th century, early
United States

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