Dementia Sociology

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Sociological perspective of illness: living with Dementia in Poland and Australia Chronic, progressive illnesses like Dementia present a multifaceted challenge for a society to provide adequate services for the affected population and their families within its unique social and cultural conditions. Diverse social environment, health attitudes, health delivery systems and cultural differences in Poland and Australia results in different health experiences, intervention and outcomes for affected individual and their social networks(Conrad,2008,p.1-55). Poland and Australia differ in, medical approach in diagnosing and medically supporting patients with Dementia. In Poland diagnosis of Dementia is provided by a General Practitioner (GP) and…show more content…
Cultural diversity, social structure and ever changing demographic profile of societies in Poland and Australia affects the way that people with Dementia are supported in their respective societies. The cultural background of the polish society places the highest value into family, regarding it as a fundamental support group for the sick family member. The traditional expectation of the family is to take care of the cognitively incapacitated person by providing their home care. The Eurofamcare Transeuropean survey report shows that emotional ties, sense of duty, religious factors and negative perceptions of institutionalized care put pressure on relatives to retain aged individuals at home resulting in 95% of Dementia diagnosed patients living at home with support of their family members. Children comprise the larger group of the family carers of over 50%, followed by spouses at 29.2%, yet 15.5% of grandchildren in Poland are taking care of their aged grandparents (Bledowski…show more content…
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