Abuse and neglect of older people

Hazel Heath reports on the UK study of abuse and neglect of older people, and the progress of plans for a follow-up study For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

A ‘no frills’ guide to the Mental Capacity Act

All dementia care practitioners need to understand the Mental Capacity Act, which came into force in April 2007. Lynne Phair and Jane Buswell explain some of the key elements of the legislationAuthor/s: Lynne Phair, Jane Buswell For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available … Read more

Legislation at last

Sarah Quick of the Alzheimer’s Society welcomes progress towards a Mental Incapacity Bill for England and WalesAuthor/s: Sarah Quick For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Why do we ignore these ethical issues?

Janet Cox explores the way the rights of a person with dementia can be overridden and their freedom restricted even when everyone involved seems to be acting from the best of motives.Author/s: Janet Cox For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you … Read more

Fit to drive? How to make a fair decision

A new report from the British Psychological Society addresses the difficulties involved in making decisions about a person’s fitness to drive in early dementia. It is a valuable step towards consensus on this vitally important issue, writes Linda ClareAuthor/s: Linda Clare For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The … Read more

Difficult decisions: what are a person’s ‘best interests’?

Much dementia care practice is founded on an assumption of the person’s ‘best interests’ but these are often far from easy to determine. Reviewing the issues, Graham Stokes argues that care plans must be founded on agreed and conspicuous safeguards which are not only ethical but also easily understood and administered.Author/s: Graham Stokes For the … Read more

Bridges we need to build across the world of dementia care

In an edited version of a speech he gave at the Alzheimer Europe Conference, Bridges into the Future, in Munich last year, Harry Cayton addresses the gaps between different parts of the dementia care world, and the bridges needed to link them.Author/s: Harry Cayton For the full article please see the PDF download linked to … Read more

No quick fix for a long-term problem

The Law Commission’s report on mental incapacity contains many ideas that could benefit people with dementia and their carers. Clive Evers outlines the proposals.Author/s: Clive Evers For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Where does dementia fit in?

Many people with dementia are not covered by the new mental health supervision orders. But do we want such an over-intrusive system anyway? asks Dr Tony Whitehead.Author/s: Dr Tony Whitehead For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if you subscribe.

Euthanasia

As the US state of Oregon edges close to legalising euthanasia, Janis Moody reviews the ethical, legal and social issues, urging professionals to be alert to potential dangers of any move towards legalisation.Author/s: Janis Moody For the full article please see the PDF download linked to the right. The full JDC archive is available if … Read more