The Alzheimer Society of Canada has published a charter of rights designed to support self-advocacy by people with dementia and their families, who often face stigma and discrimination. The charter was developed by the society’s advisory group, comprised of people who live with dementia, to ensure that people know their rights and feel empowered to act.
Seven rights are defined in the charter, including freedom from discrimination, access to information to support decision-making, participation in policy development, access to supports that enable independent living, and an expectation that health professionals involved in their care are properly trained and accountable. “As a person living with dementia, it gives me confidence to know that I'm not alone and reassurance that my country, my health and social services and my family, friends and community are there to lend a hand,” said advisory group member Mario Gregorio. “We, as a nation, need to play a leadership role to ensure that people with dementia are not marginalized.” To read the full charter, as well as background information and personal stories, visit http://alzheimer.ca/en/Home/Get-involved/The-Charter.
SOURCE: Alzheimer Society of Canada, September 5, 2018
DATE Retrieved: September 10, 2018