Equity, empowerment, and hope are essential pillars of any effective dementia intervention, promoting a more inclusive and supportive environment for individuals living with dementia.

Equity means recognizing and upholding the right of people with dementia to have their physical, cognitive, social, and spiritual needs met, engage in community opportunities, and access lifelong learning, aligning with the United Nations Convention on the Rights of Persons with Disabilities for equal rights, opportunities, and protections. This approach combats discrimination and ensures equitable access to support, resources, and care for everyone affected by dementia.

Simultaneously, empowerment is crucial, offering people living with dementia a sense of agency and control over their lives. In a dementia intervention, empowerment is supported by involving people living with dementia as equal partners in decision-making processes and breaking down stigma and misconceptions. Empowerment fosters dignity, independence, and a higher quality of life for people living with dementia, inspiring others through positive role models.

Approaching dementia with a sense of hope for living as well as possible each day is a core value that connects people living with dementia, project teams, and networks involved in DCI projects. Improving hope for living well with dementia provides a sense of purpose for team members.

Through an equity-focused, empowerment-driven, and hope-inspired approach, dementia projects can create a more optimistic outlook and supportive environment for all individuals living with dementia.

Resources for equity, empowerment and hope

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