Thompson-Nicola residents learn about medical assistance in dying – Clearwater Times


Alzheimer Society of British Columbia

According to the recently released Landmark study, more than 85,000 people are currently living with Alzheimer’s disease or other dementias in British Columbia, including many in the Thompson-Nicola area.

Since the symptoms of the disease worsen over time, people in the early stages often express worries about their future. They know that their ability to make health care decisions may decline as they progress to later stages.

Maintaining quality of life, preparing for advanced care and end-of-life care can all become everyday topics for many families – and the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia is here to help families have those conversations. .

Medical assistance in dying (MAID) is a topic related to end-of-life care that families may have questions about.

This is a complex and personal question. Since MAID became legal in Canada in 2016, there has been much public debate related to its use. The Alzheimer Society of British Columbia invited Dr. Dirk Coetsee to share his experiences as a provider of MAID in British Columbia, as well as information on current MAID law and practices in British Columbia regarding dementia as part of a series of webinars at end of life options.

This information session will cover topics such as:

• The history of MAID legislation

• MAID practices and processes

• Common issues related to waiver of final consent and advance requests and their impact on people with dementia

“We want to make sure that people with dementia, their family members and caregivers understand what MAID is and how it works, so they can make informed decisions about their personal care and health care. , including end-of-life,” says Avery Milne. , provincial coordinator of policy analysis at the Alzheimer Society of British Columbia.

The webinar will take place on Tuesday, October 4 at 2 p.m. Register for the webinar today at


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