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The Alzheimer ConundrumEntanglements of Dementia and Aging$
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Margaret Lock

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780691149783

Published to Princeton Scholarship Online: October 2017

DOI: 10.23943/princeton/9780691149783.001.0001

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Paths to Alzheimer Prevention

Paths to Alzheimer Prevention

(p.76) Chapter 3 Paths to Alzheimer Prevention
The Alzheimer Conundrum

Margaret Lock

Princeton University Press

This chapter looks at the adoption in the 1980s of the clinical diagnosis known as “mild cognitive impairment” (MCI). Formal recognition of MCI, the value of which continues to be debated in some circles, is the result of an exerted effort to systematically identify incipient Alzheimer disease (AD) in the clinic and is closely associated with the founding of specialist memory clinics. The chapter presents ethnographic findings of interviews with individuals who have been diagnosed with MCI. The move toward the prevention of AD represents a shift in which it is assumed that embodied risk can be made manifest in the form of biomarkers. This shift is to be accomplished by researching, standardizing, and gradually routinizing the use of several biomarkers believed to put individuals at increased risk for AD.

Keywords:   mild cognitive impairment, clinical diagnosis, memory clinics, Alzheimer prevention, biomarkers

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