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Professor Suzanne Cahill introduces her new book on Dementia and Human Rights

Friday 23 March 2018

These days, we hear a lot about human rights in the context of dementia. In fact ‘personhood’ and ‘rights’ have become the new buzz-words in the dominant discourse on dementia.  Yet what exactly do ‘human rights’ mean to people living with dementia, their family members and to governments charged with the task of designing health and social care services for this vulnerable group of people?

If dementia is a health condition, can it also be a disability and if so, could treating it as a disability entitle people to all of the rights enshrined in the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities?

What educational initiatives are needed to help supplant negative stereotypes about dementia, which serve to create excess disability and which the media tend to recreate? How can human rights principles build on elements of person-centred care and what can health service professionals and care staff do, if aware of human rights breaches in their everyday practice?

These are but some of the important questions explored in this book, which builds on earlier critical perspectives and has been written for policy makers, researchers, service planners, health service professionals, care workers, people with dementia and their family members.

By using a human rights lens, the book interrogates policy and practice and argues that there is a need for greater attention to be paid to the voice of the individual and their family members and for more realistic resources to be invested in dementia services.

The book, to be published on 28 March 2018, will be available at most bookstores and is already available for pre-order at a 20% reduction via: