People with dementia have the same civil and legal rights as everyone else.
Dementia is a disability under Irish equality laws and under the United Nations (UN) Convention on the Rights of People with Disabilities.
This means that people with dementia are protected by Irish Equality Law from some kinds of discrimination, in employment and in buying goods and using everyday services.
The Alzheimer Society of Ireland have published a booklet called 'I Have Dementia, I Have Rights which explains:
what equality laws say;
how equality laws can help you;
your rights when buying goods or accessing services;
your rights in employment;
your rights to make decisions;
how to make a complaint.
For further information on equal status rights