Human right based approach to dementia care in India

Team TA

WHO estimates that more than 55 million people in the world suffer from dementia, of which Alzheimer’s is the most common form. The number is expected to triple by 2050!

Alzheimer’s progressively destroys brain tissue, making people lose their memory. It makes it difficult for people to carry out even day-to-day tasks. Alzheimer’s primarily impacts the lives of elderly people, leaving them more dependent and restricting their mobility.

At times, people with this condition are often denied their human rights, letting them become victims of abuse and discrimination. Hence, it is time to recognize post-diagnosis dementia care as a human right. This will ensure a dignified living for people with dementia.

As a health communication group, we at TA strongly feel that having a rights-based approach to dementia care will also facilitate improved community engagement and address the stigma that is associated with dementia and Alzheimer’s. This will also mainstream the issue of care for elderly people which is often neglected in our society.

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