Hope in caring for the deeply forgetful: enduring selfhood and being open to surprises

Bull Menninger Clin. Fall 2013;77(4):349-68. doi: 10.1521/bumc.2013.77.4.349.


Hope in the context of individuals with dementia and their carers is defined in this paper in terms of an openness to surprises with regard to indicators of continuing self-identity in the individual with dementia, active agency with regard to carers and affected individuals to the extent possible, and the affirmation of a theory of personhood and related moral status that breaks through the limits and prejudices of hypercognitive values.

Publication types

  • Case Reports

MeSH terms

  • Adult
  • Aged, 80 and over
  • Caregivers / psychology*
  • Dementia / nursing
  • Dementia / psychology*
  • Female
  • Hope*
  • Humans
  • Male
  • Personhood*