Dental Elder Abuse Response

How does Dental Elder Abuse Response (D.E.A.R.) Project help?

Poor or neglected oral health can be a form of elder abuse and it is a serious issue. Dental elder abuse can cause pain, suffering and illness for the older person. It can even lead to cases of preventable death.

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 the 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 that 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 start the conversation about advance care planning related to dental issues.

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

Print materials

Download our free D.E.A.R. brochure to learn more about what we do!

D.E.A.R Brochure

Download the guide produced by the Ontario Seniors Secretariat for further information on creating an advance care plan.

Advance Care Planner

Download the WISHFUL Thinking Workbook to help you start thinking about your wishes and values for future dental care and making a dental advance care plan.

Wishful Thinking Workbook

Download the WISHFUL Thinking Tool Poster to encourage others to think about their wishes and values for their dental care now and in the future and in order to be more prepared to create a dental advance care plan.

Wishful Thinking Tool Poster

Download this postcard to consider 6 key questions about your dental care and record your important dental information.

Super 6 Tool Postcard

Download the Super 6 Tool Poster to encourage others to think about 6 key questions relating to their dental care and learn more about D.E.A.R.

Super 6 Tool Poster

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