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Ageing through austerityCritical perspectives from Ireland$
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Keiran Walsh, Gemma M. Carney, and Áine Ní Léime

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9781447316237

Published to Policy Press Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.1332/policypress/9781447316237.001.0001

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Reframing policy for dementia

Reframing policy for dementia

(p.97) Seven Reframing policy for dementia
Ageing through austerity

Eamon O’Shea

Suzanne Cahill

Maria Pierce

Policy Press

The impact of dementia is substantial, affecting both the individuals and their caregivers on personal, emotional, financial and social levels. As in most countries, dementia is competing for ever scarcer public resources at a time of increasing need. Against the backdrop of austerity, this chapter examines the current realities of dementia care in Ireland, and the potential re-framing of dementia policy in the country. The chapter draws on the international literature and the experiences of other countries to help understand the complexities and constraints associated with policy-making for people with dementia in Ireland, and elsewhere. The chapter presents a dementia framework recognising the narrowness of the current policy approach and the opportunity that now exists to develop more appropriate counter-policy frames for dementia care, whether austerity is a part of the context or not.

Keywords:   Dementia care, Policy, Austerity, Ageing

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