One in five Canadians have experience caring for someone living with dementia or Alzheimer’s. Further, the prevalence of dementia more than doubles every five years for Canadians age 65 and older, from less than one per cent for those age 65 to 69 to about 25 per cent for those 85 and older. Please join us this World Alzheimer’s month to learn what is currently being done with respect to advance requests for medical assistance in dying (MAID); hear directly from a MAID provider to better understand eligibility and how it affects those with dementia; and more.
Dr. Ellen Wiebe is a Clinical Professor in the Department of Family Practice at the University of British Columbia. After 30 years of full-service family practice, she now restricts her practice to women’s health and assisted death. She is the Medical Director of Willow Women’s Clinic in Vancouver and provides medical and surgical abortions and contraception. She developed Hemlock Aid to provide consultations for doctors and patients about aid in dying and provides assisted death.
Jule Briese is a poet living in Qualicum Beach, B.C. Her inspiration is drawn from nature and the guidance and wisdom offered through her Guides. Jule’s most recent book, "The Hot Chocolate and Decadent Cake Society - Alzheimer’s And The Choice for MAiD" is a memoir in poetry and prose. Her book advocates for legalization of advance requests for medical assistance in dying for those with dementia who have expressed this choice.
Puneet Luthra is the Director of Government and Stakeholder Relations at Dying With Dignity Canada. He is a government relations professional with 15 years of experience in the charitable and non-profit sector. He holds a Master’s degree in Public Administration and a Bachelor’s degree in Political Science. Puneet’s experience includes leading the Government Relations department at Indspire where he was responsible for working with the federal and provincial governments to increase access to post-secondary studies by Indigenous students. At Earth Rangers, Puneet served as the Associate Director of Government & Foundation Relations, where he positioned the charity as the leader in children’s environmental programming; and as the Government Relations Manager for Big Brothers Big Sisters, Puneet’s work was focused on incorporating mentoring into provincial ministries that serve children and youth.
Date and Time: Thursday, September 23, 2021
3:00 PM EDT (Time Zone Converter)
If you can’t attend on Thursday, September 23, 2021, a recording will be posted on our website and emailed to all registrants. However, only those who attend the webinar live on September 23 will have the opportunity to ask questions of our speakers. If you have questions, you are also welcome to send them in ahead of time via the webinar registration.