End-of-life care

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The needs of people with dementia at the end of life are unique and require special considerations. This section can help you prepare for end of life, make some of the difficult decisions you may face, and cope with the grief and loss you might experience.

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The information is organized into the five sections shown below. It can be hard to read a lot of information about end of life all at once; think about the issues you are most concerned about and read that section first.

There is no “correct order” to reading this information. However, if you are at a turning point and need to make some decisions quickly, reading the most appropriate section may help.

What decisions will I need to make?

The importance of planning ahead; advance care planning; tips for talking about end of life; appointing substitute decision-maker(s); medical care decisions; brain donation and/or autopsy; funeral/memorial arrangements.

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Medical assistance in dying

Medical Assistance in Dying (often shortened to MAiD) is a complex and very personal issue. The information presented here is intended to assist and support people living with dementia – together with their families and caregivers – make informed decisions about their care. If you have specific questions about your care, please contact your healthcare provider.

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I'm caring for a person living with dementia

Understanding dementia and its progression is vital to ensure that both you and the person with dementia can live as well as possible. We have the resources to support you and your care of the person living with dementia.

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