• Sexuality and the Human Rights of Persons With Dementia.

      Peisah, Carmelle; email: cpeisah62@bigpond.com; Ayalon, Liat; Verbeek, Hilde; Benbow, Susan Mary; Wiskerke, Esther; Rabheru, Kiran; Sorinmade, Oluwatoyin (2021-05-30)
      We explore barriers to enjoyment of human rights to sexuality of persons with dementia and remedies for addressing these. Enjoyment of sexuality is contingent upon actualization of rights to dignity, autonomy, respect for will and preferences, abuse safeguarding and equitable access to highest standards of sexual health. Persons with dementia living at home or in care face systemic barriers to enjoyment of sexuality fueled by ageism, apathy and ignorance, compounded by complex legal barriers in relation to consent. Such challenges can be tackled with awareness raising and education of care staff, families and physicians, including training for capacity assessment with dimensional, noncategorical conceptualization of capacity, leaving room for supported decision-making. These measures, together with strengthened legislative and human rights frameworks to cater to the specific needs of older people, may allow people to live well with dementia and exercise their human rights to enjoy sexuality in a safe and lawful manner. [Abstract copyright: Copyright © 2021 American Association for Geriatric Psychiatry. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.]