Thinking more deeply about dementia friendliness

Glenn Rees, Chair of ADI.

On World Alzheimer’s Day 2019, ADI released the World Alzheimer Report 2019: Attitudes to dementia. Glenn Rees, Chair of ADI, and Dr Linda Barclay, a Senior Lecturer in Philosophy at Monash University who specialises in disability and justice, contributed this piece that questions how we see and understand dementia friendly communities, their role and how they may evolve.

Glenn Rees said: “Dementia friendly projects are a welcome and positive element to changing the way societies think about dementia. But this should not distract advocates and governments from addressing deeper structural and cultural issues that have resulted, and continue to result, in mental and physical abuse and social isolation of people with dementia and lack of access to health and care.

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