Dementia

02 November 2007

Other medico-legal issues

Rarely, a patient with Alzheimer’s disease may be involved in a crime.

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It is uncommon, but sometimes a patient with Alzheimer’s disease may be involved in a crime. This can involve shoplifting or minor assaults.

The presence of Alzheimer’s disease can be used as an argument for a more lenient sentence and sometimes acquittal. This situation should be discussed with a lawyer and psychiatrist.

For more information visit: Dementia SA: http://www.dementiasa.org/ or Alzheimer’s South Africa: http://www.alzheimers.org.za

 

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