There are currently more than 47 million people with dementia globally and one new diagnosis every 3.2 seconds. There are 850,000 people in the UK who have a form of dementia, more than 5 million in America, and more than 353,800 in Australia. If dementia were a country, it would be the 18th largest economy.
Dementia Alliance International (DAI) is an advocacy group, the peak body and global voice of people with dementia. Its mission includes human rights based approaches that are applied to the pre and post-diagnostic experiences of people with a dementia, in every way. It advocates for a more ethical pathway of support that includes human rights, full rehabilitation and full inclusion in civil society.
“We are launching this landmark Dementia Alliance International guide because, as a direct result of DAI’s advocacy and its rights-based approach, Alzheimer’s Disease International has recently adopted the UN Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities. This is a watershed moment for people with dementia across the world,” said DAI chair Kate Swaffer.
“The human rights of people with dementia lie at the heart of our work. Access to the UN Disability Convention was one of the demands we made at the World Health Organisation’s First Ministerial Conference on Dementia held in Geneva in March 2015. Since then, we have done everything we can to make a reality of that demand.
“What matters to us now is that people living with dementia should be empowered to use their undisputed right of access to this and to other relevant UN Human Rights Conventions, including a future Convention on the Rights of Older Persons.”
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