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Human rights and dementia


Human Rights and Dementia is the first in our digital box set of the 5 publications which make up ‘Dementia: A Whole Life Approach’. 

It gives a short introduction to the box set, then sets out what human rights look like for people living with dementia and unpaid carers.

It includes an introduction from Dr Donald Macaskill, CEO of Scottish Care, looking at what human rights actually mean and how we talk about them. He says that ‘human rights are not just a set of high legal statements and aspirations – although this should never be forgotten – they are also a description of the humanity that we should all be seeking to embody and the society that we should be striving to create. They are intrinsic to our humanity.’

‘Human Rights and Dementia’ also looks at developing local dementia policy through the lens of human rights. It also reflects on the Life Changes Trust regional collaborative learning events so far, and how they bring rights to the fore of any discussion around dementia, and highlights the work of two Trust funded initiatives which will bring together our learning around human rights and support for people with dementia and unpaid cares: BOLD (Bringing out Leaders in Dementia) and the ‘About Dementia’ National Policy and Practice Forum.

This volume does not take an academic look at human rights, rather it gives real, lived examples of how upholding these rights is vital for people living with dementia and unpaid carers to live full and supported lives.

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