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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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Transcending Entrenched Tensions

Transcending Entrenched Tensions

(p.229) Chapter 9 Transcending Entrenched Tensions
The Alzheimer Conundrum

Margaret Lock

Princeton University Press

This chapter turns to the global concern about aging societies, and the so-called epidemic of aging. It argues that a public health approach to aging and Alzheimer's will have a much greater effect in reducing the incidence of Alzheimer disease (AD) worldwide than will the technologically oriented molecular approach currently being heralded as a paradigm shift. Should such an approach be effective, and there is little evidence to date to be optimistic that this will be the case, the extent of investment in advanced medical facilities and highly trained expertise required to put it in place is not realistic beyond wealthy segments of the world, especially given the global economy of the present and the increasing gaps between rich and poor.

Keywords:   aging societies, public health, Alzheimer disease, molecular approach, global economy

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