Dementia, equity and rights event

Dementia is a term used for a range of different conditions that physically affect the brain. Even though anyone can develop dementia, it has not historically been associated with issues relating to equity and rights. Dementia, Equity and Rights is a report produced by members of the Department of Health Strategic Partner Programme.  It considers how the prevalence and experience of dementia can vary for different groups: the oldest old, young onset, people with disabilities, black and minority ethnic people, women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB&T), and different socio-economic populations. The report also highlights disparities in the care received by different groups and in the support that is provided to carers.  The publication recommends readers view dementia as a disability and take a social/rights based approach to the way we respond to dementia, taking into account the needs of particular groups in the provision of services.

The report was launched at an event which sought to provide information, recommendations and resources for commissioners, service providers, educators, service users and their carers to ensure the best possible care and support to people living with dementia and their carers.  The event provided an opportunity for delegates to learn more about the issues raised in the publication, to discuss key implications and to share positive practice from a range of perspectives.
Presentations from the event are available below.

Keynote Speakers

Briefing