Advocacy for the Human Rights of Older People in the COVID Pandemic and Beyond: a Call to Mental Health Professionals

International Psychogeriatrics (2020), DOI: 10.1017/S1041610220001076

6 Pages Posted: 30 Jun 2020

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Carmelle Peisah

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Andrew C. Byrnes

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law & Justice; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Israel Issi Doron

University of Haifa - Department of Gerontology

Gerard Quinn

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) - School of Law; University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Date Written: June 20, 2020

Abstract

This commentary is a call to health professionals, particularly those working in geriatric psychiatry, to embrace human rights frameworks as standards of accountability and advocacy in relation to older persons with mental disorders or dementia, whether living in their own homes or in residential care. From the perspectives of a geriatric psychiatrist and international human rights scholars, we outline existing and emerging human rights frameworks and the effects of COVID on this background human rights landscape. We conclude with practical and tangible strategies for health care professionals working in geriatric psychiatry to promote the equal enjoyment of human rights of older persons.

Keywords: Human Rights, Elder law, Gerontology, Mental health,

JEL Classification: K36,

Suggested Citation

Peisah, Carmelle and Byrnes, Andrew C. and Doron, Israel and Quinn, Gerard, Advocacy for the Human Rights of Older People in the COVID Pandemic and Beyond: a Call to Mental Health Professionals (June 20, 2020). International Psychogeriatrics (2020), DOI: 10.1017/S1041610220001076, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=3631652

Carmelle Peisah

University of New South Wales (UNSW)

Kensington
High St
Sydney, NSW 2052
Australia

Andrew C. Byrnes

University of New South Wales (UNSW) - Faculty of Law & Justice ( email )

Kensington, New South Wales 2052
Australia

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

Israel Doron (Contact Author)

University of Haifa - Department of Gerontology ( email )

Haifa 31905
Israel
972-4-8249954 (Phone)
972-4-8249946 (Fax)

Gerard Quinn

National University of Ireland, Galway (NUIG) - School of Law ( email )

Newcastle Road
Galway
Ireland

University of California, Berkeley - Berkeley Center on Comparative Equality & Anti-Discrimination Law

Boalt Hall
Berkeley, CA 94720-7200
United States

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