Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition
Dr Catherine Ferrier who is a Montreal physician who specializes in gerontology wrote an excellent article that was published in the Montreal Gazette titled: Advance Directives for assisted death a recipe for abuse.
Ferrier begins her article by outlining the challenges faced for people with dementia:
In my work in geriatric medicine, I have cared for thousands of people with dementia and their families. The challenge they face is not only the disease, but the stigma and neglect. The constantly fuelled perception that their life is undignified.
Ferrier then refers to advanced directives for Medical Aid in Dying (euthanasia), that is permitted by Québec’s Bill 38 which is being debated.