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The Experiences of the Central Texas Elderly and Animal-Assisted Interventions in Assisted-Living Facilities via Medicalization

By Heather Nicole Yonce

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Medicalization is defined as a “process in which personal and social problems and behaviors have come to be viewed as diseases or medical problems that the medical and allied health professionals have a mandate to ‘treat’” (Kaufman 1994, 45-46). Medicalization is enacted on many diverse populations within the United States, but not much has been written in regards to elderly persons living in assisted-living facilities. This thesis considers this topic. Drawing primarily on interviews with elderly residents of four assisted-living facilities in central Texas, it considers how these individuals experience the medicalization associated with aging. It further considers how, through Animal-Assisted Intervention (AAI), the residents are offered a means to resist the process of control inherent to medicalization and regain a sense of self.

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Mason N McLary

HABRI Central

Date 2016
Pages 41
Publisher Texas State University
Location of Publication Austin, TX
Department Arts
Degree Anthropology
URL https://digital.library.txstate.edu/handle/10877/6397
Language English
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  1. Animal-assisted interventions
  2. Assisted living facilities
  3. Diseases
  4. Health
  5. Hospitals
  6. Medical care
  7. Medication
  8. Older adults
  9. Public health
  10. Service animals
  11. social problems