TODAY ( 10 December 2018) IS GLOBAL HUMAN RIGHTS DAY.
Regarding the violation of HUMAN RIGHTS of people living with Dementia ( PWD ) ADN will focus in 2019 on three aspects of HUMAN RIGHTS of PWD, namely:
1) On 19 November a magistrate of Kavango- West region ( Namibia) announced during a court case:
“ It is a criminal offense to accuse anyone of being a WITCH/WIZARD”
In Namibia ( SUB SAHARAN AFRICA) it as a common practice to perceived someone living with DEMENTIA as a WITCH/WIZARD.
ADN will be involved in the proses to see that Namibia does criminalize accusation of someone as a WITCH/WIZARD ,because it is putting that person’s life in danger and is a gross violation of such a person’s Human Rights.
2) together with UTAS ( University of Tasmania ) ADN will in Namibia 🇳🇦 take part in a very important campaign regarding:
Antipsychotics and Benzodiazepines.
UTAS published the next regarding Antipsychotics and Benzodiazepines.
“Antipsychotics were developed to
treat serious mental health conditions, such as schizophrenia. In older people, however, these agents are now mostly prescribed to manage behavioural and psychological symptoms of dementia (BPSD), including aggression, delusions and calling out. Their effectiveness to treat these symptoms is modest, yet
the risks associated with use can be severe, ranging from confusion and
falls, to stroke and death. Similarly, benzodiazepines are prescribed in older people to treat sleep disturbance, anxiety
Benzodiazepines can be effective in the short-term, but then tolerance develops, and use is associated with over-sedation and confusion, falls, and the risk of dependence.
In view of their modest benefits, accompanied by significant risks, national and international guidelines recommend that both medication classes should be prescribed judiciously when anxiety, sleep disturbance and/or BPSD cause significant distress, or pose a safety risk. When prescribed, they should be monitored regularly for effectiveness and adverse effects, whilst using the lowest effective dose for the shortest period of time.”
3) Physical restraints in old age homes and hospitals ( state and Private)
Both physical and Chemical restraints IS NOT CARING for people living with DEMENTIA but ABUSE AND DISREGARD OF HUMAN RIGHTS OF PWD.
The chairperson of DAI ( Dementia Associations Internationally) an Global organization of People living with Dementia , Kate Swaffer wrote the next :
The use of ANY restraints in dementia care, including physical or chemical ( Antipsychotic ) is starting to be seen by now by many including health care professionals and not just a few of us living with dementia or supporting someone with dementia, as a major breach of human rights. Locking people in secure units, is for other people’s convenience, and our ‘perceived safety’; however, it is still a breach of our human rights ,and why DAI is advocating for the phasing out of institutional care and locked units.
I am as appalled about the use of restraints as a growing number of others are, including people like Dr Al Power, and I strongly recommend you read his two books, Dementia Beyond Disease, and Dementia Beyond Drugs.
PLEASE JOIN ADN IN THIS FIGHT FOR HUMAN RIGHTS FOR PEOPLE LIVING WITH DEMENTIA.