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CARDOSO, Sylvana  and  DINIZ NETO, Orestes. Considerations for repeating the elderly with Alzheimer's: an psychoanalytical perspective. Rev. Subj. [online]. 2016, vol.16, n.3, pp. 58-69. ISSN 2359-0769.

The article proposes to articulate the phenomenon of repetition, in a psychoanalytic perspective, to the characteristic repetitive discourse of patients with Alzheimer's Disease (AD), considering the neurocognitive correlates of this process. This is an exploratory theoretical study. Methodologically, a search of articles in the databases PsycINFO (APA), SciELO and PePSIC with the following descriptors: in Portuguese: Alzheimer e Psicanálise; Alzheimer e Psicodinâmica; Alzheimer e Repetição à compulsão; and in English Alzheimer and psychoanalysis; Alzheimer and psychodynamic; and Alzheimer's and repetition compulsion. There were only seven articles that approached the theme of this work, within the criteria of inclusion: articles available in full and free of charge in the database, and articles written in Portuguese or English. No articles were found in Portuguese. Also consecrated works of Psychoanalysis were consulted, especially the current Freudian theoretical. An interlocution between Psychoanalysis and Neurosciences is proposed in order to consider the relationship that the subject establishes with his illness, without neglecting the physiological and cognitive aspects that are dear to the process of dementia in AD. It is understood that the repetitive discourse of the elderly can serve as an attempt to maintain subjective identity over time. The challenge of sustaining a listening that favors the preservation of the demented subject in the socializing and liberating functions of language. The restriction of specific studies on the phenomenon of repetition linked to a psychoanalytic discussion about human aging was a limitation of this study. The need for deeper theoretical elaborations, anchored in broader clinical trials on the subject, is pointed out.

Keywords : Alzheimer's dementia; psychoanalysis; repetition; identity; subjectivity.

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