By Megan-Jane Johnstone
Drawing on broad facts together with information media experiences and commentaries, documentaries, courts and court docket stories, movies, web pages, specialist literature and executive and non-government companies, this publication explores the 'Alzheimerisation' of the euthanasia debate, interpreting the shift lately in public attitudes in the direction of the desirability and ethical permissibility of euthanasia as an end-of-life 'solution' for individuals dwelling with the ailment - not only at its finish degree, but additionally at previous levels. With recognition to media representations and public understandings of Alzheimer's affliction, Alzheimer's disorder, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia sheds gentle at the methods contributing to those alterations in public opinion, investigating the drivers of vexed political debate surrounding the difficulty and interpreting the way within which either side of the euthanasia debate mobilise help, painting their competitors and utilize media applied sciences to border the phrases of discourse.
Paving the best way for a better point of highbrow honesty in regards to a subject sporting major coverage implications, this publication may be of curiosity to students of media and conversation, social routine and political verbal exchange, and the sociology of health and wellbeing and drugs, in addition to researchers and execs within the fields of palliative and finish of existence care.
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Extra info for Alzheimer’s Disease, Media Representations and the Politics of Euthanasia: Constructing Risk and Selling Death in an Ageing Society
This, the first chapter, provides a general introduction to the topic and the notion of the ‘societal Alzheimerization of the euthanasia debate’. Chapter 2 has as its focus the incidence and impact of Alzheimer’s disease. To this end, attention is given to providing a brief descriptive overview of the incidence (prevalence) and impact of Alzheimer’s disease and other dementias, locally and globally. The trajectory of the disease is described, the projected direct and indirect costs of the disease are summarized, and the possible implications of the ‘burden of disease’ for national healthcare systems are considered.
In keeping with the medical profession’s convention of the day, the disease was named after Alzheimer in due recognition of his identifying the clinicopathology of the disease. Dementia, which is commonly although incorrectly used interchangeably with the term Alzheimer’s disease, is not a ‘disease’ as such. Rather it is a term that is used to refer to a set of symptoms that may be caused by many different underlying disease processes and disorders and which, ultimately, lead to a decline in a person’s complex cognitive functioning (Prasher 2005, Ritchie and Lovestone 2002).
Thus, they had to rely on secondary sources reporting cases of interest from these countries. The English language reportage sourced may have involved selective recording, errors in translations and misinterpretations reflecting the different interests, biases and backgrounds of those reporting the events. Finally, because the original study was located in the socio-cultural context of Australia, it may have only limited application to other jurisdictions outside of Australia, including other western liberal democratic nations.