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dementiajusticereportcoverCanada’s criminal justice system is among the best in the world, but it is not keeping pace with the ageing population, particularly as it relates to criminal defendants with dementia. This must change. Entering the criminal justice system can have many collateral civil consequences for British Columbians with dementia. This report examines one of the most fundamental difficulties: housing vulnerability. For justice-involved dementia patients, it can be challenging to access appropriate housing, whether in assisted living, residential care or the larger community. As such, we make 30 recommendations which, if implemented, have a reasonable chance of improving the housing security of criminal defendants with dementia who enter the criminal justice system.

Source: Dementia Justice

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hcc cover full report''Decisions about health care treatment are deeply important and personal. Medication can have a significant impact on what activities we are able to enjoy, how much pain we experience, and how long we live. 

Our right to make our own health care decisions is a fundamental right protected by BC laws, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and international conventions and treaties. Unfortunately, sometimes health care professionals and family do not respect the rights of people living with dementia. Sometimes others assume that people living with dementia are not able to understand information or make their own decisions.

In 2016 the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. worked together to study health care decision-making for people living with dementia in BC. 

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coverhcc''Decisions about health care treatment are deeply important and personal. Medication can have a significant impact on what activities we are able to enjoy, how much pain we experience, and how long we live.

Our right to make our own health care decisions is a fundamental right protected by BC laws, the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, and international conventions and treaties. Unfortunately, sometimes health care professionals and family do not respect the rights of people living with dementia. Sometimes others assume that people living with dementia are not able to understand information or make their own decisions.

In 2016 the Canadian Centre for Elder Law and the Alzheimer Society of B.C. worked together to study health care decision-making for people living with dementia in BC.

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cover ireland reportCrime against older people is a topic that receives significant media comment, but until now has not been the subject of a targeted academic study. This report reflects the findings of an in-depth research study carried out on behalf of the Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland. It builds on work carried out by the Commissioner’s office in 2014 which looked at crime clearance rates for crimes committed against older people.

For this report, the Commissioner sought to examine crime clearance, prosecution and conviction rates and to better understand the experiences and expectations of older people when they are victims of crime. It was also an opportunity to gain an insight into how agencies of the criminal justice system interact with, and support, older victims of crime.

Being a victim of crime can be a traumatic experience for anyone, but there are particular factors that make older people more vulnerable to the effects of crime. These include: a higher rate of fear of crime; a higher rate of physical and mental impairment and disability; a greater likelihood of living alone; a greater likelihood of the absence of support networks; and higher rates of feelings of insecurity. 
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Older people must be able to participate fully in the criminal justice process to have their voices heard and their experiences recognised. It is important to acknowledge that improvements have been made in terms of support provided to older people but more work is required, including enhanced collaborative working between agencies. To that end, the Commissioner is making a number of recommendations aimed at improving the experience of older people who have been victims of crime.

Source: Commissioner for Older People for Northern Ireland

 

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covercnpeabriefThe House of Commons Standing Committee on the Status of Women held hearings between February and May 2019. The Committee listened to a variety of stakeholders and individuals who spoke about the factors and specific challenges that contribute to older women’s poverty and vulnerability in Canada and affect their quality of life. Here is the brief which was presented to the Committee by CNPEA's Board Chair, Kathy Majowski. To read the full report of the Standing Committee on the Status of Women, click here.

 

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