Are there ways in which Jennifer is privileged in her dementia? Think of her visions, her visitations, her fantasy life.
Join Date: 10/11/10
Join Date: 04/28/11
She is able to re-live parts of her life that could never happen again, to see and be with people who have died, to see herself as a strong and capable and respected person. Everyone around her views her with sadness at what has been lost, but clearly she has NOT lost all her memories, she has rearranged them.
Join Date: 10/13/11
I think her status as a doctor and having enough income to allow her to live at home with full-time care makes her more privileged than most people with dementia. Her intelligence also allows her to sometimes see what is happening to her. She uses her medical background to see herself as a case study. I also think her dementia made her forget the bad things.
Join Date: 10/28/11
Join Date: 05/16/12
Join Date: 05/09/12
I agree that her professional and economic positions gave Jessica certain privileges. Likewise, her dementia put her in a more privileged position with the police and legal system as well as with her family and friends. They would accept that she couldn't always give them a straight answer. While people did become frustrated when trying to communicate with her, her dementia served to protect her as well.
Join Date: 04/10/11
There were times when Jennifer was unaware of her condition, as when she went back to the clinic and started seeing patients. I believe many dementia patients are unaware of what they have lost. When Jennifer referred to her children or her caregiver as people she didn't know, she did not seem at all upset about it. Maybe that detachment, as painful as it is for family members, is a blessing for Jennifer and others like her.
Join Date: 01/12/12
Her healthcare was a benefit of having so much money. That's one advantage. At least she wasn't treated like so many elderly patients who are abused. Her care seemed top notch.
She had the benefit of a loving daughter, who protected her (partially) from her money-grubbing son.
As to her visions, she'd lived a rich (not as in money) life and all that gave her much to remember in her visions. She'd also been well-respected and this came out in her fantasy life when she believed she was still a practicing doctor.
Join Date: 10/14/11
Join Date: 06/14/11
It has been my experience that the sick family member is the one who is given the most attention. Privileged? I'm not so sure as it almost never happens that the attention that comes the way to the demented, is appreciated or understood. They are so confused in what is happening to them that there is no normal reaction to privilege. From what I've seen they are mostly frightened and try to cover up or so thoroughly confused that they have fear. Jennifer's money may have bought her physical comfort, but little else.
Join Date: 11/13/11
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