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Scientific reports hold a mirror up to a culture, reflecting the beliefs, values, assumptions, practices, technologies, and political-economic interests that shape discourse around particular diseases in particular cultural moments [1]. Indeed, despite their authoritative patina, such reports are “living documents” that invite critical analysis about where discourse in a particular field has been and where it is going. In this spirit, two recent reports from the Alzheimer’s Association (Changing the Trajectory of Alzheimer’s Disease: How a Treatment by 2025 Saves Lives and Dollars) and the Institute of Medicine in the United States (Cognitive Aging: Progress in Understanding and Opportunities for Action) are worthy of attention from those endeavoring to understand and contextualize the science and politics of brain health, aging, and dementia [2].

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Journal of Alzheimer's Disease





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© Whitehouse & George, 2015.


This is the Author's Accepted Manuscript version of the article. The definitive, peer reviewed and edited version of this article is published in the Journal of Alzheimer's Disease, 49, 1, 21-25, 2015, 10.3233/JAD-150663.


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