In October 2009, the Council published a report, Dementia: ethical issues, which considers the ethical issues that arise in the context of dementia.
Ethical difficulties arising in dementia include:
- deciding when and how to communicate a diagnosis
- balancing a person’s safety with their need for independence and freedom
- deciding what is in the best interests of the person with dementia, for example when making decisions about their care and treatment
- recognising that the needs of the person with dementia may sometimes conflict with the needs of others, especially carers
- tackling discrimination against people with dementia
- allocating resources to support people with dementia
- deciding what priority to give to dementia research
The report was produced by an expert Working Party. To inform its deliberations, the Working Party consulted a wide range of people, including those with direct experience of living with dementia, people working in the field of dementia, and other members of the public.