“The Comforting Fictions of Dementia Care” (The New Yorker)

This is a thought-provoking article in “The New Yorker,” by Larissa MacFarquhar, about care facilities using nostalgic environments to soothe their residents:


The Comforting Fictions of Dementia Care
by Larissa MacFarquhar
The New Yorker
October 1, 2018

In the article, she notes that:

Some people in the dementia field believe that to think of the disease as a terrible harm is to think slightingly of people who are living with it.  They argue that, with proper care, a person can live as good a life with dementia as without—in some ways and in some cases even better. … Those working in dementia-care often ask, Should a person be defined by thoughts and memories? Aren’t emotions and bodies enough?