Quiet please, there's a lady on stage: Centering the person with dementia in life story narrative

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Bowen, Sally and Angus, Jocelyn (2011) Quiet please, there's a lady on stage: Centering the person with dementia in life story narrative. Journal of Aging Studies, 25 (2). pp. 110-117. ISSN 0890-4065


This paper demonstrates how the use of narrative inquiry and personhood underpins our approach to person-centred care. Personhood is an innate attribute of every human being. Our individualperceptions of it are viewed through the prismof our own attitudes to others, including thosewith dementia; but their personhood is not dependent on our view of it. Rather, our attitudes determine the quality of our responses to their personhood. Janet is living with dementia, her personhood flourishes in her relationships—both past and present. These relationships affirm the humanness in Janet. We extend this to suggest that all persons livingwith dementia have personhood in their own right. How personhood is supported through our actions, is the essence of person-centred care.

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An extract of this paper was presented at the 10th conference of the European Sociological Association: Social relations in turbulent times, Geneva Switzerland, 7th September 2011.

Item type Article
URI https://vuir.vu.edu.au/id/eprint/9337
DOI 10.1016/j.jaging.2010.08.010
Official URL http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.jaging.2010.08.010
Subjects Historical > FOR Classification > 1699 Other Studies in Human Society
Historical > Faculty/School/Research Centre/Department > School of Social Sciences and Psychology
Historical > SEO Classification > 9202 Health and Support Services
Keywords ResPubID24147, gerontology, personhood, narrative inquiry, person-centred approach, dementia, communication
Citations in Scopus 14 - View on Scopus
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