Dementia and Human Rights Symposium

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Friday, 8 November, 2019

The theme of this symposium is “Dementia and Human Rights”. The theme has been chosen carefully as conventionally dementia is seen as a syndrome caused by a disease and not as a disability or a disability/human rights issue. While the disease framing of dementia compels us to think about plaques and tangles, brain scans, drugs, passivity and tragedy, the human rights framework is based on human dignity, autonomy, citizenship, participation and personhood. It requires governments to treat all people fairly and never to discriminate: the goal is to promote human flourishing and a good quality of life.

This Symposium brings together national and international experts and aims to explore these along with other dementia-related issues in more depth. The Symposium will be directly relevant to the learning needs of health and social care professionals working in the field of dementia care in Ireland along with policy makers, researchers and family members affected by Alzheimer’s disease and the related dementias.

The symposium will take place on Fri 8th Nov in the Long Room Hub, trinity College. Payment can be made via Pay Pal at