Dementia, human rights and the social model of disability

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Comment: Pertinent article concerning the issues surrounding the social model of disability, and dementia human rights.

Yesterday, when I was in the lift with my carer, an elderly lady was there with a big dressing on her head. My carer said ‘now what have you been up to?’, and I said ‘you have to stop doing those hand stands’, and
she laughed a little, but the person accompanying her just said ‘She has dementia’.

My carer said that she felt it inappropriate for that person to say that; the elderly lady still seemed to be able to speak a little, and it was humiliating to be referred to just in terms of having dementia.

People may lose their memory, but it doesn’t mean that you can just label them and disregard their feelings.

Making rights make sense

A very interesting report was published by the Mental Health Foundation last week, exploring whether the social model of disability provided fresh perspectives on how public policy and society at large might respond to the growing numbers of people living with dementia.

Dementia is certainly an impairment and those who experience it encounter a range of social and economic forces that risk their marginalisation and exclusion in our society.  These bear all the hallmarks of the struggles of the Disabled People’s Movement: against the dominance of medicine (including psychiatry) to the exclusion of tackling socially constructed barriers, to not have one’s life be regarded as a tragedy by others, to live free from stigma and prejudice, to have equal access to mainstream goods and services, to be able to contribute socially and economically, to live free from poverty, to maintain one’s right to make decisions, to not be reduced to an object…

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