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Rumor has it: “Dementia”. A discourse-analytical analysis of obituaries of people with dementia

Authors
  • Heynderickx, Priscilla; 56166;
  • Creten, Silke; 125592;
  • Dieltjens, Sylvain; 57858;
Publication Date
Jan 10, 2022
Source
Lirias
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Abstract

Despite the increasing incidence of the condition, people with dementia face a double stigma: ageism and the stigma of mental illness. The stigmatization of the condition has negative consequences, and can even lead to self-stigmatization. To develop adequate education programs to overcome the harmful stigma, the degree and the characteristics of that stigmatization have to be identified. In this study, the content and the language of obituaries of well-known people with dementia are analyzed using a qualitative bottom-up approach. If mentioned, the dementia receives little attention and the information given does not exceed common knowledge. Euphemistic language such as metaphors is introduced not to circumvent the condition, but to palliate its degressive nature. / status: Published online

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