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Fri 08 Nov

Symposium on Dementia and Human Rights

Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin

As part of the Continuing Professional Development Course, The School of Social Work and Social Policy, TCD is delighted to host a A Symposium on Dementia and Human Rights which will take place in the Long Room Hub, Trinity College Dublin on November 8th 2019. 

A Symposium on Dementia and Human Rights

A Symposium on Dementia and Human Rights Long Room Hub Trinity College Dublin November 8th The theme of this symposium is “Dementia and Human Rights”. The theme has been chosen carefully as conventionally dementia is seen as a syndrome caused by a disease and not as a disability or a disability/human rights issue. While the disease framing of dementia compels us to think about plaques and tangles, brain scans, drugs, passivity and tragedy, the human rights framework is based on human dignity, autonomy, citizenship, participation and personhood. It requires governments to treat all people fairly and never to discriminate: the goal is to promote human flourishing and a good quality of life. Ireland’s ratification of the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities is admirable but how can the Convention be used by people living with dementia and their families to enjoy a better quality of life? Have people with this condition a right to home care services or should they be expected to pay for such services? To what extent does the Irish National Dementia Strategy underpinned by a person-centered philosophy promote the citizenship and autonomy rights of the individual? Are newly evolving policies on dementia being cross-checked to ensure compliance with human rights principles? This Symposium brings together national and international experts and aims to explore these along with other dementia-related issues in more depth. The Symposium will be directly relevant to the learning needs of health and social care professionals working in the field of dementia care in Ireland along with policy makers, researchers and family members affected by Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias.

Full Bio details can be found here: Bio Details - Symposium on Dementia and Human Rights

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