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Elder Law

Evolving European Perspectives

Edited by Ann Numhauser-Henning

The ageing population poses a huge challenge to law and society, carrying important structural and institutional implications. This book portrays elder law as an emerging research discipline in the European setting in terms of both conceptual and theoretical perspectives as well as elements of the law.
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Chapter 15: Dementia and autonomy

Eva Ryrstedt


Throughout the world, there is a quest for autonomy, regardless of any disability; thus also for indivuals suffering from dementia. This quest is founded in various international instruments. However, the chapter also emphasizes the notion of protection – against exploitation, violence and abuse. The way to resolve what appears to be an incoherence is widely debated. This chapter addresses the international doctrine in the area, trying to establish how autonomy can be understood and reached for a person afflicted by dementia, as well as the concurrence of autonomy and protection. Dementia, autonomy, protection, independence, support, elder law doctrine

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