It’s taken almost five years, and after all the palaver of Bill C-7, people with dementia have limited access to Medical Assistance in Dying (MAID). Here is what Dr. Stefanie Green – Head of CAMAP (Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers) and Dr. Jocelyn Downie – Chair of Law (Dalhousie Univerity) have to say …
And DWDC (Dying With Dignity Canada) has summed it all up in this overview of ‘what-to-do’ for all people interested in requesting MAID. Scroll down to find the specific reference for people with dementia.
It’s not perfect. We have to wait until the Senate of Canada to finish its review of a number of factors, but mostly, a section dealing with Advance Requests (ARs). If completed as we hope, then access to MAID for people with dementia will be much improved.
Good words! This was set up as a webinar for our local chapter of the Alzheimers Society (ASLM). It is designed to help people with dementia and their respective caregivers to better prepare for their coming years.
It details major considerations and takes people through three major stages: Get Real – Get Ready – Get a Plan. Sometimes amusing but always definitive, it’s proving to be a good resource for the best use of the remaining years.
Ever wonder .. do I have dementia? Does your family wonder or are you concerned about a friend?
Common questions and they all need an answer. This presentation was established for a Senior Women’s Probus Club in London. Almost 100 attended and almost all reported that they had some answers and knew where to go for help. Try it out. I designed it to educate but also to show that people with dementia can live better in a dementia-friendly community.
Public Education Coordinator Susan Oster and Ron Posno, who was diagnosed with mild cognitive impairment, tell London Morning about a series of workshops aimed at dissolving the stigma around dementia.
Just this month (May 3), Maclean’s magazine posted a story on MAID by Shannon Proudfoot – a frequent contributor of articles featuring common problems of MAID and people with dementia. You can check some of the current issues right here.
Dementia Connections – is a wonderful magazine supporting active lives for people with dementia living in the community. Their Spring edition featured an article about Death and Decisions facing people with dementia. You may read it here.
The right to choose an assisted death was deemed a Canadian Right under the Charter of Rights and Freedoms by the Supreme Court of Canada (Carter, February, 2015). In June, 2016, the Federal Legislature created MAID – laws specifying the use of Medical Assistance in Dying in such a manner as to effectively deny persons with dementia access to their right because …the lawmakers wanted “to protect the vulnerable.”
There are three four-letter words: pity, care, love. Which one is completely unacceptable? Of course, it’s pity, and unfortunately it creeps into the basis of far too many so-called support programmes for people with dementia … just like programmes for people with other disabling conditions.
Jule Briese and husband Wayne from Qualicum Beach, B.C. are working their way through dementia. Like everyone, their way is unique. Their story is told in the following. Try their book – it’s good for you and good for anyone willing to share your progress.