Accepted Paper:

On medications and lifestyle: Alzheimer's disease and situated prevention in Brazil  

Authors:

Annette Leibing (University of Montreal)
Cíntia Engel
Ana Clara Sousa Damásio dos Santos (University of Brasília)
Andrea Vilhena (University of Montreal)

Paper short abstract:

Based on data from an ongoing multi-site ethnography, the aim of this conference is to analyze the recent epistemological changes towards prevention in dementia research. We will show how this international discourse is embedded in both specialized and non-specialized Brazilian sites of care.

Paper long abstract:

Based on data from an ongoing multi-site ethnography, as well as media output analysis in Brazil, the aim of this conference is twofold: the first is a short overview of the recent epistemological changes towards prevention in dementia research and public health recommendations. The second part will show how this international discourse is embedded in different Brazilian sites. Both specialized and non-specialized practices targeting aging individuals will be analysed. Special attention will be paid to the taking of medications versus lifestyle activities in order to prevent dementia, and how these two kinds of practices are entangled, depending on how prevention is being framed.

Panel MB-MT07
Movement of medical knowledge & practice: crossing borders and constructing boundaries in a global world