Dementia Right

Developing a rights-based approach to Dementia

An Erasmus+ funded project (2020-I-PT01-KA204-078657).

See our RIGHTS. Person first, dementia second: that’s the rule. We all have our own likes and dislikes, our own lifestory. This tells us more about who we are than a diagnosis ever will. Whether you are a friend, family member, caregiver or medical professional, caring for someone living with dementia is not just about meeting their physical needs. You must get to know the person, connect emotionally with them and treat them with kindness and empathy. DEMENTIA RIGHT aims to empower people with dementia, those who support them and the community as a whole, to ensure their Fundamental Rights are recognised, protected and promoted. Learn more about Dementia Right Project.

Charter of Rights

Know our RIGHTS. People living with dementia, their carers and family members have the same Human Rights as every other citizen. However, in addition to the impact of the disease, they often face cultural, social, and economic barriers to fulfilling these Rights. Seeing and Knowing their RIGHTS are the first steps toward having those rights respected, promoted and guaranteed.

Poster of Rights

Short Engagement Video for social media

Extended Engagement video

Getting it RIGHT

Promote our RIGHTS. This guidance is a call for change towards a better understanding of the need for a human rights-based approach (HRBA) for people living with dementia. The HRBA ensures that the Human Rights of people using health and social care services are protected, promoted and supported by carers and services. Download the guidance below and be the spark that starts the change in your organisation. See their RIGHTS; Know their RIGHTS; Promote their RIGHTS.

The Team

Luís Durães

Head of Innovation

Instituto São João de Deus, Portugal

Norma Sheehan

Retired Director of Nursing

SaInt Josephs Shankill, Ireland

Siobhan Grant

Fundraising Manager

SaInt Josephs Shankill, Ireland

Elaine Byrne

Services Manager

SaInt Josephs Shankill, Ireland

Ioanna Falegka

Psychologist -Research Assistant

Alzheimer Hellas, Greece

Marta Melo

Occupational Therapist

Alzheimer Portugal, Portugal

Daniel Fernandez-Lanvin

UI/UX Designer

University of Oviedo, Spain

Martin Gonzalez-Rodriguez

UI/UX Designer

University of Oviedo, Spain

Meryem Zincirli

Management Board

Buhayad, Turkey

İlhan Kayış


Buhayad, Turkey

Nuno Antunes


Alzheimer Portugal, Portugal

Rita Duarte de Almeida


Alzheimer Portugal, Portugal



Alzheimer Hellas

Thessaloniki, Greece

University of Oviedo

Oviedo, Spain


Antalya, Turkey

Instituto S. João de Deus

Lisboa, Portugal

Saint Joseph’s Shankill

Dublin, Ireland


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