Hope and Deeply Forgetful People
Hope in the context of deeply forgetful individuals and their carers is in large part found in an openness to surprises with regard to indicators of continuing self-identity, many of which are sporadic but all of which are deeply meaningful because they demonstrate that despite degrees of deep forgetfulness there is still more beneath the surface than meets the eye, or than many are willing to acknowledge.
We can affirm a theory of continuing identity and related moral status that breaks through the limits and prejudices of “hypercognitive values.” We will draw on cases studies to cover at least some of the twelve aspects to the enduring self under conditions of deep forgetfulness.
Stephen G. PostStephen G. Post, PhD is a best-selling author who has taught at the University of Chicago Medical School,
Case Western Reserve University School of Medicine (1988-2008), and Stony Brook University School of Medicine (2008-), where he is Founding Director of the Center for Medical Humanities, Compassionate Care, and Bioethics. Post’s book The Moral Challenge of Alzheimer’s Disease: Ethical Issues from Diagnosis to Dying (Johns Hopkins University Press, 2000, 2nd edition) was designated a “medical classic of the century” by the British Medical Journal (2009).
- Enhance caregiver recognition of and appreciation for expressions of continuing self-identity in deeply forgetful people
- Improve caregiver insights into how to elicit such expressions
- Reflect on hopes, being open to surprises, and the ethics of a shared humanity regardless of deep forgetfulness