Dental Elder Abuse Response (D.E.A.R.) ProjectThe response from D.E.A.R has been amazing. We have received inquiries from and worked with organizations across Canada and the United States including the New York Centre Elder Abuse Centre and the International Association of Caregivers. The program is the first of its kind in the world. Currently, we are in the process of producing a webinar on seniors’ dental issues and D.E.A.R to continue to reach people abroad. We have also delivered several community workshops on dental advance care planning across Toronto and disseminated educational tools to help people create an advance care plan. An important part of promoting dental health in seniors is ensuring that they make record their wishes in their wills or advance care plans. To learn more about advance care planning, download the advanced care guide from the Province of Ontario.
The Dental Elder Abuse Response (D.E.A.R.) Project is a joint pilot project of Archer Dental (West Toronto), the Canadian Centre for Elder Law (CCEL), and the National Initiative for Care of the Elderly (Dental Theme Team). D.E.A.R. is funded through a small community-based grant from the New Horizons for Seniors Program (NHSP) – Employment and Social Development Canada (ESDC).
This project is creating the first materials in Canada which link dentists, caregivers and older adults together on issues of abuse and neglect. Working with dentists, hygienists, seniors, caregivers and community organizations, the D.E.A.R. Project is “Taking the Bite out of Elder Abuse”. Its senior peer-trained workshops, online videos, helpful brochures and checklists provide practical, evidence-based and expert hands-on material to recognize and prevent dental elder abuse and neglect. These materials also help to start the conversation about advance care planning related to dental issues. The content and tools we developed are designed to help caregivers take an active role in promoting the dental health of the seniors that they care for. We are seeing that this simple idea is having a BIG impact. Many caregivers just did not know how to brush another person’s teeth effectively and now can learn online through D.E.A.R.
How can you help?
- Become a peer-trainer, watch our short online videos, schedule a workshop, and download our free brochures and checklists!
- Become a member of the NICE Network’s Dental Theme Team
- Join us on social media for project updates and share your ideas