Policy and legislation
The policy section of this review provides an overview of key dementia and dementia-related policy on the island of Ireland. Commentaries are not included in this review, it is worth noting that Cahill (2010) and Todd (2010) wrote relevant pieces on the development of policy on dementia in ROI and NI respectively. Apart from these commentaries, no other journal articles with a specific focus on dementia policy were uncovered.
A diagnosis of dementia or even the suspicion that someone has dementia often raises important legal issues for the person affected, their families and professionals. Like policy, legislation is continuously evolving and new legislation that will have major implications for people with dementia in terms of autonomy and decision-making is anticipated in both parts of the island of Ireland; the Assited Decision-making (Capacity) Act was enacted in ROI and it is thought that the Mental Capacity Bill (NI) will come into effect in 2016. Currently, as our search revealed, a very limited body of work exists that has a key focus on legislation and legal issues relating specifically to dementia. Of the three papers identified, one paper specifically relates to sexuality and dementia. The remaining two papers discuss legal issues, primarily for older people, but referencing people with dementia.