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Être pris en charge sans dépossession de soi ?

Abstract : The case study on Jeanne Masson, a 95-year-old widow living at home, is cause to reflect upon the specific nature of psychic disability when defined as the inability to decide. It highlights the changes required in care giving when a patient is diagnosed with Alzheimer's disease, an irreversible cognitive impairment, as opposed to stress, a curable affective disorder. In this case, the diagnosis brought to a head the daily crisis that worsened when changes were made in the household without any consultation among the children (three married sons) and information on Jeanne's medical condition was not communicated properly. The professional home care givers and all the family members got caught in a cycle of mutual disrepute that marked the decision-making process till, after several hospitalizations, Jeanne was finally put in an old people's home. The interpretation of Jeanne's financial behavior and eating habits as symptoms of Alzheimer's disease put paid to her attempts to save face. This led her into a process of self-dispossession that some of her close relatives tried to prevent. As soon as the day-to-day upheavals and health problems came to an end, the protagonists of this drama erased all memory of the practical and interpretative violence that Jeanne was subjected to.
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Florence Weber. Être pris en charge sans dépossession de soi ?. Alter: European Journal of Disability Research / Revue européenne de recherche sur le handicap, 2012, 6 (4), pp.326-339. ⟨10.1016/j.alter.2012.08.009⟩. ⟨hal-03630806⟩

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