Rights in mind: Thinking differently about dementia and disability

Shakespeare, Tom, Zeilig, Hannah and Mittler, Peter (2019) Rights in mind: Thinking differently about dementia and disability. Dementia, 18 (3). pp. 1075-1088. ISSN 1471-3012

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to argue for the utility of a relational model of disability, as a way of conceptualizing dementia. We explore whether dementia should be considered as a disability, and whether people with dementia might consider themselves as disabled people. We review examples of, and issues raised by, the political activism of people with dementia. We consider how language constructs dementia negatively. We discuss how the environment influences the experience of dementia. In conclusion, we show that a relational model of dementia lays the basis for a human rights approach to the condition, based on collaborative partnerships between people with dementia and people from other disability communities.

Item Type: Article
Uncontrolled Keywords: human rights,models of disability,environmental barriers,activism
Faculty \ School: Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > Norwich Medical School
Faculty of Medicine and Health Sciences > School of Health Sciences
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Depositing User: Pure Connector
Date Deposited: 13 Apr 2017 05:09
Last Modified: 07 Jul 2020 23:45
URI: https://ueaeprints.uea.ac.uk/id/eprint/63247
DOI: 10.1177/1471301217701506

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