Literary theorist Marlene Goldman on how we narrate memory loss
When we talk about Alzheimer’s disease, what kind of story are we telling?
A horror story, at least here in contemporary North America, says Marlene Goldman.
“The media’s take on Alzheimer’s is very Gothic and apocaplytic,” she says, a story of the slow loss of mind and self. “The typical presentation is: we have a huge baby boomer population and they’ll be turning 65. In the media’s view, they’ll be zombies. And we’ll have to pay for them.”