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Dementia: A Gendered Issue that Intersects with Aging and Disability Rights in Malaysia

Updated: Dec 31, 2023

A Care Partner's Perspective

“There is no greater disability in society than the inability to see a person as more.” – Robert M Hensel.

Sharifah Tahir, a middle-aged woman wearing a beige, floral-patterned headscarf
Sharifah Tahir

Fifty-five million people worldwide, most of whom are adults above the age of 65, live with dementia, a chronic neurocognitive disorder that affects brain functioning and causes progressive loss of cognitive, social, and physical skills. My role as a full-time care partner to my 88-year old mother who lives with dementia has shaped my perspective on dementia and how it intersects with gender, ageing and disability. This in turn guides my advocacy for a disability rights model in response to dementia.

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