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THE ADVOCATE V O L . 7 5 P A R T 1 J A N U A R Y 2 0 1 7 73 research worldwide to review and evaluate the experience of supported decision making in Canada. This new project will explore the obligations of investment professionals in a supported decision making context, consider whether regulation or law reform is required, and result in tools to enhance the capacity of investment professionals to better understand supported decision making and how their clients can use this approach to have better control over their financial future. Health Care Consent, Aging and Dementia: Mapping Law and Practice in British Columbia The CCEL has received a grant from the Law Foundation of BC for a 16- month project on health care consent, aging and dementia. This collaboration with the Alzheimer Society of B.C. involves legal research and consultation, and will culminate in a report identifying areas for law and practice reform and at least one plain language educational resource on health care consent rights. The work will be informed by an expert interdisciplinary advisory committee. In recent years a number of studies have raised concerns regarding potential overmedication of older adults, especially the use of antipsychotics and anti-depressants to manage behaviours associated with dementia. There is a need to a develop a rights-based understanding of consent to supplant the dominant health care orientation as well as resources to assist health care decision makers, health care staff, older adults and their loved ones to better understand the scope of the right to informed consent. The use of prescription of medication to manage symptoms of dementia raises legal issues related to health law, substitute decision making legislation, workplace safety and human rights. Decisions regarding medication have a significant impact on quality of life and life expectancy, and older people and substitute decision makers often do not appreciate the right to ask questions, explore alternatives and provide consent. Older people living with dementia are a vulnerable, growing subset of B.C.’s population; however, the issue of consent to health care matters to everyone. This project will support a robust understanding of the right to informed consent in B.C. that will benefit everyone. Older Women’s Dialogue Project—Phase 3 Phase 3 of the Older Women’s Dialogue Project is focused on addressing the issue of violence against older immigrant women. The project is a collaboration with the BC Centre for Elder Advocacy and Support and the Vancouver & Lower Mainland Multicultural Family Support Services Society. For this project we will work with a group of older immigrant women who have


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