People With Dementia and Other Cognitive Disabilities: Relationally Vulnerable or a Source of Agency and Care?
Carney, T., ‘People with Dementia and other Cognitive Disabilities: Relationally vulnerable or a source of agency and care?’ Elder Law Review, 12(1), 2020, pp. 1-21
22 Pages Posted: 27 Mar 2020
Date Written: March 26, 2020
This article discusses the role of the law in community and residential care settings for people with dementias. It argues that the richer concept of relational autonomy offers a very useful analytical lens for understanding ethical, social and legal issues in dementia care, while its close companion ‘vulnerability’ also is of some assistance, despite its lack of definitional purchase. It suggests however that their main contribution is grounding discussion more closely in the lived lives of people and the rich ‘harmonies’ sought to be built to better realize the Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities ‘will preferences and rights’ of people with dementia, while detecting and correcting for the ‘disharmonies’ in such relationships of care and support.
Keywords: Dementia, Relational Autonomy, Supported Decision-Making, CRP, Role of Law
JEL Classification: K10, K30, K33, K36
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