Time and Personhood across Early and Late-Stage Dementia

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How do time and personhood become related when dementia sets in? This article brings together ethnographies from a memory clinic and a dementia nursing home in Copenhagen, Denmark, pursuing how personhood and time become intertwined across early and late-stage dementia. In the memory clinic, the dementia diagnosis is enacted and experienced simultaneously as an indispensable prophecy of discontinuity of personhood and life for the patients, and as a prognosis that renders the future indeterminate and open to intervention. In the nursing home, institutionalized care marks the fulfillment of the prophecy of decline, yet nursing home staff insist on practicing prognoses for the residents. Across our empirical sites, we enquire what the tension between prophecy and prognosis mean for personhood and the possibilities of the present, arguing that people with dementia are made and unmade through different understandings and enactments of future-oriented temporalities.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMedical Anthropology: Cross Cultural Studies in Health and Illness
Volume38
Issue number1
Pages (from-to)44-58
Number of pages15
ISSN0145-9740
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019

    Research areas

  • care, dementia, Denmark, memory clinic, person, temporality

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