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Dementia, Rights and the Social Model of Disability

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This is a new report published by the Mental Health Foundation, is calling for a radical shift in current thinking around dementia - specifically that dementia should be viewed as a disability.

It suggests that at present dementia is often seen through the lens of a conventional medical model – as an illness that needs a cure or treatment.  However, it is also crucial that people with dementia have their rights respected and upheld. This requires more attention being paid to the impairments caused by dementia and how they impact on the person’s everyday life, including the way society treats them.