BC man is one of the first Canadians with dementia to die with medical assistance:
A When Canada’s medical assistance in dying law was passed in 2016, the widespread assumption — among doctors, lawyers, patients and even MAID providers — was that it excluded those with a dementia diagnosis.
Gayle Garlock decided to challenge that assumption. On Aug. 26, the Victoria man became one of the first Canadians with a dementia diagnosis publicly reported to have received MAID.
His case is a sign of a growing consensus that a dementia diagnosis does not necessarily preclude eligibility.
“In my opinion, the majority of providers in this country have come to the conclusion that patients with dementia can be assessed for an assisted death, that some of them may be eligible in certain circumstances, and if that is the case, they’d be willing to help them,” said Dr. Stefanie Green, the head of the Canadian Association of MAID Assessors and Providers (CAMAP).”Read More