Dementia Patients Needs Improved Support and Care
Reading through the article on “Devastating Alzheimer’s”, I would like to say few facts which are not discussed in this article. It is said that people with dementia are more likely to be over 65 and, in fact it is not the case. Dementia is not just an older people’s condition. In 2013, there were 42,325 people with early-onset dementia in the UK.
The people with dementia, both young and the old are faced with certain discrimination in the society. For example, older people are often denied access to the full range of mental health services that are available to younger adults. This particularly disadvantages people with dementia who are more likely to be over 65 and require mental health support. There is also widespread assumption that dementia is merely “getting old” rather than a serious disease. This has resulted in unequal treatment for people with dementia, including poor rates of diagnosis and a lack of appropriate services.
Younger people with dementia are more vulnerable to face discrimination. They may be forced to give up work, excluded from dementia services with a minimum age criterion, forced to travel considerable distances to access appropriate services or left without support.
Too often, people with dementia experience discrimination and treatment that contravenes their human rights. Poor care and support can breach the rights of people with dementia and care takers to not be treated in an inhuman or degrading way, the right to respect for private and family life and the right to liberty.
The support and care from the society is the most wanted thing for an Alzheimer’s patient. But what is happening is people tend to avoid such cases and often looks down upon.
Sreedharan Nair, Trivandrum.