Illumination of shadowing behavior in individuals with Alzheimer's Disease: Proximity-Seeking? As life becomes the "Strange Situation"

Mary Lu Anne Lilly, Melinda Hermanns, Jan Beckstrand, Adam Booth, Martin R. Farlow

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The purpose of this paper is to suggest an intrapersonal help for caregivers through proposing a model for understanding shadowing behavior. This model is based on Bowlby's (1973) discussion of attachment and related concepts such as proximity-seeking, the "strange situation", and the secure base. Building on Bowlby's discussion, Mikulincer and Shaver (2008) developed a visual representation of the dynamics of adult attachment, herein modified and explicated according to its proposed relationship to caregivers and care recipients living with Alzheimer's disease. A potential underlying brain-based rationale, is also presented.

Original languageEnglish (US)
JournalInternet Journal of Neurology
Issue number2
StatePublished - Oct 26 2011


ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Clinical Neurology

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