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Janelle Taylor Explains Moral Merit of Friendship with Dementia Patients

Posted: 7/18/2017 (CSDE in the News)

Janelle Taylor, CSDE Affiliate and UW Professor of Anthropology, was recently interviewed by UW Today about her studies examining friendship and dementia. Though her earlier work examined the inclusion of dementia patients in geriatric studies, her current research has shifted focus onto the relatively unexplored social dynamics of relationships with that group.

“In a way, dementia shows us just how much more there is to being a person,” Taylor observed. “Aside from the capacities that dementia takes away, we are who we are because of the network of people who support us and sustain us, and keep our identity in place.”

You can read more about her studies in the full story below.

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