Dementia Beyond Pathology: What People Diagnosed Can Teach Us About Our Shared Humanity

  • Steven R. SabatEmail author
Symposium: Dementia


In this article, I explore how methods of investigation can allow us either to appreciate the intact cognitive and social abilities of people with Alzheimer’s disease or unwittingly obscure those same abilities. Specifically, I shall assert that (1) the biomedical- quantitative approach, while being generally appropriate for drug efficacy studies, does not allow us to appreciate the many significant strengths possessed by people diagnosed with dementia, (2) qualitative/narrative approaches do so admirably, and (3) understanding the cognitive and social strengths of people diagnosed is of paramount importance for developing optimal care giving approaches and reveals strikingly the shared humanity of those diagnosed with dementia and those deemed healthy.


Alzheimer’s disease Dementia Qualitative studies Phenomenology Negative stereotypes 



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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of PsychologyGeorgetown UniversityWashingtonUSA

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