“When you’re around, I can talk about everything”

  • Heidi E. Hamilton


In this chapter, we consider the complexity inherent in studies of cognition outside formal cognitive research and testing. These challenges urge us to consider the interrelationships across dimensions of cognition, especially in relation to distributed cognition (Hutchins, Cognition in the wild. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1995), and to strengthen connections in at least two ways: between and across researchers working in disparate disciplines that touch those living with dementia, and between and across individuals participating in interactions involving those with dementia. The book ends with a call to embrace patience in life’s gray areas, as one lives with the demanding and nebulous questions at the intersection of language, dementia, and meaning making.


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  • Heidi E. Hamilton
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  1. 1.Department of LinguisticsGeorgetown UniversityWashington, DCUSA

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