This chapter discusses the main goal of this book which is to detail the new trends and directions and the associated changes in the image, status, role, and responsibilities of people with dementia in today's society. In addition, it states that the book is also about the agency, power, and social practices of people with dementia and how to recognize, hear, and respond to these new trends. It explains the need to broaden and continue to evolve the debate on dementia. It argues that greater consideration must be given to the status and positioning of people with dementia as more than welfare recipients. It aims to contextualise and make the concept of citizenship meaningful to dementia studies and to recast ideas about rights, responsibilities and participation in a way that is relevant and useful. It discusses the importance of recognising the impact of impairment and the value of scientific research.
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