As dementia is a term used for a range of different conditions that physically affect the brain and often referred to as an organic brain disease, it has historically not been associated with equity and rights. And even though anyone can develop dementia, some groups have higher prevalence rates and experience greater disparities in the care they receive and the support that is provided to carers. The report ‘Dementia, Equity and Rights’ addresses these inequalities and provides recommendations on how to provide care better.
Dementia, Equity and Rights’ flags up issues where the risk and prevalence of dementia may vary for different groups and how access and provision of services must take into account the needs of particular groups following population groups: the oldest old, young onset, people with disabilities, black and minority ethnic people (BME), women, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people (LGB&T), and different socio-economic populations. The publication recommends readers to view dementia as a disability and to take a social/rights based approach to the way we respond to dementia.