The benefits of considering dementia a memory disability

The idea: Cogntive impairment should be considered a disability by government. People with this disability should continue to work to improve their confidence and remain contributing members of society.

Hello, my name is István Kappéter MD, special education and pedagogy psychology teacher. I am from Hungary: Corvinus University, Budapest; Psychiatric Nursing Home in Tápiógyörgye. I have Lewy Body dementia since 1995 and Alzheimer’s disease since 2005.

I work in psychiatry; I started as a nurse in 1950. I am a special education teacher, pedagogy and psychology teacher since 1955. I got my medical degree in 1962, and I am a neurology specialist since 1966, a psychiatry specialist since 1968, a psychotherapy specialist since 1984, and a self-made futurist since 1991.
People whose cognitive impairment started in their adulthood, especially if they have Lewy Body and/or Alzheimer’s dementia, are still able to work. They can still be worth their salary to the employers, if they get work that is easy and not humiliating – in the first stage of their disease. This would be good for everyone – for them, their families, and all humankind. Cognitive impairment should be treated as a disability.
Being able to work improves the confidence of people with disabilities. It is also good for others, because working makes us more enthusiastic and willing to be less of a burden to them. A solution can only be achieved if regulation of the help and the treatment of every disability are standardized. 
Istvan Kappeter on his honeymoon with his first wife 1930Firstly we have to accept the idea that people suffering from permanent diseases should get the same help and support as people born with disabilities. Secondly the level of the disability should be determined objectively, so that it can be compared to levels of other disabilities. It has to be ensured that it is obvious to those who have an officially ascertained disability that they have bigger advantages getting a job this way than getting different kinds of social aids and not working. 
Legal regulations have to be made to guarantee that working is going to pay positively more than getting social aids.
It is worth the trouble to make regulations that allow the employers to profit from hiring people with disabilities directly. This can be facilitated either by tax-reductions or by setting aside certain amounts of money by the state. All of the companies and institutions – aside from the real or fake obstacles they prove to be in the way – should be obligated to employ people with disabilities in at least 10% of their employees. All of the companies and institutions, who cannot or will not establish this rate, should be bound to pay the local government to give jobs the same amount of disabled people.
I would be very pleased if many people with cognitive impairment, professionals, activity directors, nurses, leaders of care-taker groups would read my ideas and helped me make them even more efficient.
Kappéter, István: Az emberiség képes jóra változtatni a világot [Humankind can change the world for the better]. 378 pages [19 pages English summary], Püski kiadó kft. H 1012 Budapest, Logodi u. 16.
ISBN: 963 9906 20 4
Kappéter, István: A konstruktív agresszió és a jövő formálása [Constructive aggression and forming the future]. 156 pages [4 pages English summary]
H 1012 Budapest, Logodi u. 16.
ISBN: 978 963 9592 47 6
Prof. Dr. Dr. h.c. Konrad Beyreuther: Alzheimer: 100 Years and Beyond (Research and Perspectives in Alzheimer's Disease)


Published on 07 September 2011
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