Elderly People with Cancer and “Young People” with Alzheimer's Disease and Related Disorders: Social Issues and Challenges of Two Recently Identified Target Population in Western Societies.
Oncogeriatrics takes into account the deleterious effects of the very old age to rethink models of cancer care management. “Young people” is designed to meet specific expectations of adult people still considered as young, while they are affected by a pathology as the dominant social representation identifies as linked to old age.
Operate a policy of selection of populations in health and social policies are not a new operation, and the history of medicine and public health provides many examples. But, in the context of aging society, what does it mean and actually involve? Why isolate “youth” in one case, the “very old'” in the other even though it's two diseases whose prevalence increases with ageing? How does it contribute to develop coherent social and health policies?
The theoretical and methodological framework of this papier is based on symbolic interactionism and grounded theory, and on empirical investigations (studied in the context of my PhD and my post-doctoral research).