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[Xmca-l] Re: Memory, aging and culture
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- Subject: [Xmca-l] Re: Memory, aging and culture
- From: mike cole <email@example.com>
- Date: Sun, 8 Dec 2013 16:47:10 -0800
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The link between involvement in cultural practices as a function of
age/health and memory
seems to have opened up a lot of considerations of common interest. As
word meaning is a central phenomenon associated with memory loss and Peter
himself as deeply involved in the issues that Laure's question provoked.
And look at the
geographic/temporal distribution of this concentrated "intelligence."
Peter, is there a literature on cultural differences in partterns of say,
dementia, or Alzheimers, when societies adopt our most civilized practices?
Clearly you are pointing toward a shift in the kinds of issues changing
demographics will pose socially and economically, which I think requires a
corresponding shift in cultural practices and their associated meanins.
Am I tracking this right?
(Asked the old man, speaking of dimentia)
On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 3:53 PM, peter jones <firstname.lastname@example.org> wrote:
> Culturally one of the factors must be what is 'home'?
> Another extends beyond cultural perception to involve politics and policy.
> With an ageing population we (health services - private as well as public)
> need older adults to retain their independence and if needed to be cared
> for at home and to die at home and not in hospital.
> The following may help in specifics around dementia.
> Culturally are we ready for more people to die at home?.
> I also blogged this w/e about residential care and deprivation of liberty:
> There are other posts on dementia & memory which may illuminate several
> Peter Jones
> Lancashire, UK
> Blogging at "Welcome to the QUAD"
> Hodges Health Career - Care Domains - Model
> h2cm: help 2C more - help 2 listen - help 2 care
> On Sunday, 8 December 2013, 21:49, Martin John Packer <
> email@example.com> wrote:
> I suspect that 'memory loss' with age also depends on cultural *practices*
> of memory. I know couples where one person is largely responsible for
> remembering things for both. In the US, the UK and elsewhere we tend to put
> old people in institutions where no one knows their history, whereas in
> cultures where old'uns continue to have a place in the family, their
> relatives know what they need to recall and can do so for them, or help
> them do so.
> On Dec 8, 2013, at 12:43 PM, Laure Kloetzer <firstname.lastname@example.org>
> > Hi Mike,
> > I agree the question was quick and fuzzy,
> sorry. I wonder to what extent
> > the extended complaint on memory loss (especially loss of episodic
> > memories, related to specific events of one's life) by people who are
> > getting old in our current societies is related to cultural factors
> > (including social expectations towards a precise memory, esp. relating to
> > one's own life events, and anxiety to get old, including fear of
> > pathology, for example). We know that the way we sleep, our sleeping
> > cycles, are influenced by our culture. I guess our perception of our
> > performance and accuracy is also influenced by cultural factors, and I
> > wonder if some colleagues have been working on these topics. Which
> > dimensions worsen or improve the situation regarding memory problems and
> > aging ?
> > Thanks for your help !
> > Best regards,
> > LK
> > 2013/12/8 mike cole <email@example.com>
> >> What does the term, cultural perceptions mean, Laure? The answer to that
> >> question would help a lot in answering your questions.
> >> mikec
> >> On Sun, Dec 8, 2013 at 12:44 AM, Laure Kloetzer <
> >>> Hi,
> >>> I am looking for references on aging, and how memory loss is affected
> >>> cultural perceptions. Would you have some references to point me to ?
> >>> Best,
> >>> LK