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Preventing Dementia?: Critical Perspectives on a New Paradigm of Preparing for Old Age

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Preventing Dementia?

Critical Perspectives on a New Paradigm of Preparing for Old Age

Edited by Annette Leibing and Silke Schicktanz

268 pages, 5 illus., bibliog., index

ISBN  978-1-78920-909-9 $145.00/£107.00 Hb Published (October 2020)

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“These are excellent contributions by some of the most important critical scholars working in areas of age studies, neuroculture and health promotion.  It is interdisciplinary and international in scope, and the editors have done an excellent job in producing a well-organized, well-framed and coherent volume.” • Barbara L. Marshall, Trent University

“This is an excellent edited volume on dementia prevention… There are three parts: discursive and social practices of dementia prevention; from prediction to prevention; and normative claims of prevention. The individual chapters are of equal quality and the overall framing by the editors is compelling.” • Stefan Ecks, University of Edinburgh


The conceptualization of dementia has changed dramatically in recent years with the claim that, through early detection and by controlling several risk factors, a prevention of dementia is possible. Although encouraging and providing hope against this feared condition, this claim is open to scrutiny. This volume looks at how this new conceptualization ignores many of the factors which influence a dementia sufferers’ prognosis, including their history with education, food and exercise as well as their living in different epistemic cultures. The central aim is to question the concept of prevention and analyze its impact on aging people and aging societies.

Annette Leibing is a medical anthropologist and Full Professor at Université de Montréal. Her research focuses mostly on issues related to aging, by studying – as an anthropologist - Alzheimer’s and Parkinson’s in different contexts, aging and psychiatry, pharmaceuticals, elder care and, stem cells for the body in decline, among others.

Silke Schicktanz is Professor of Cultural and Ethical Studies of Biomedicine at the Institute of Medical Ethics and History of Medicine at the University Medical Center Göttingen. Her recent books include co-editing Planning Later Life: Bioethics and Public Health in Ageing Societies (Routledge, 2017) and Cross-Cultural Comparisons on Surrogacy and Egg Donation: Interdisciplinary perspectives from India, Germany and Israel (Palgrave MacMillian, 2018).

Subject: Medical Anthropology


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Introduction: Reflections on the "New Dementia"
Annette Leibing and Silke Schicktanz

Part I: The Discursive and Social Practices of Dementia Prevention

Chapter 1. A Window to Act? Revisiting the Conceptual Foundations of Alzheimer’s Disease in Dementia Prevention
Lara Keuck

Chapter 2. The Vascularization of Alzheimer’s Disease: Prevention in ‘Glocal’ Geriatric Care
Annette Leibing

Chapter 3. If Dementia Prevention Is the Answer, What Was the Question? Observations from the German Alzheimer’s Disease Debate
Silke Schicktanz

Chapter 4. Dementia Prevention: Another Expansion of the Preventive Horizon
Matthias Leanza

Chapter 5. Mind’s Frailty: Elements of a "Geriatric Logic" in the Clinical Discourse about Dementia Prevention
Alessandro Blasimme

Part II: From the Prediction and Early Detection to the Prevention of Dementia

Chapter 6. Revisiting MCI: On Classificatory Drift
Tiago Moreira

Chapter 7. The Preventive Uncertainty of Mild Cognitive Impairment (MCI): The Experts, the Market and the Subjects of Diagnosis
Stephen Katz, Kevin R. Peters and Peri J. Ballantyne

Part III: Conceptual Premises and Normative Claims of Prevention

Chapter 8. Staging Prevention, Arresting Progress: Chronic Disease Prevention and the Lifestyle Frame
Kirsten Bell

Chapter 9. Responsibilization of Aging? An Ethical Analysis of the Moral Economy of Prevention
Mark Schweda and Larissa Pfaller

Chapter 10. Governing through Prevention: Lifestyle and the Health Field Concept
Thomas Foth

Afterword: Looking Forward
Peter J. Whitehouse and Daniel R. George


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