Using ‘appearance biographies’ to explore the meanings of appearance for people with dementia

Date added: May 28, 2014
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Authors: John Keady + Richard Ward + Sarah Campbell

Appearance and the work invested in it by and for people with dementia are a neglected issue within dementia studies. In policy and practice there exists an assumption that the role of supporting a person to manage their appearance is easily assumed by another within caring encounters, only to be subsumed within the daily task-oriented provision of care.

Ward R, Campbell S and Keady J (2014). ‘Once I had money in my pocket, I was every colour under the sun’: Using ‘appearance biographies’ to explore the meanings of appearance for people with dementia. Journal of Aging Studies, 30(+), 64-72.

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