On the topic of dementia and a good death, I support a person’s right to be able to choose euthanasia. However, even if legislation was passed here to support it, the way it is currently being advocated for, would mean people with dementia would have to ‘euthanise’ themselves when they are still with legal capacity, which perhaps may be a long time before they would really want to die. There are no easy answers, and everyone has their own view on this topic, some based on personal or religious beliefs, others simply based on a persons right to make a choice.
Sadly, the fact that many people, with and without dementia, but who are at the end of their lives, already starve themselves to death I feel is inhumane, but what
Published in the New York Times, by Paula Span,January 19, 2015:
Jerome Medalie keeps his advance directive hanging in a plastic sleeve in his front hall closet, as his retirement community recommends. That’s where the paramedics will look if someone calls 911.
Like many such documents, it declares that if he is terminally ill, he declines cardiopulmonary resuscitation, a ventilator and a feeding tube.
But Mr. Medalie’s directive also specifies something more unusual: If he develops Alzheimer’s Disease or another form of dementia, he refuses “ordinary means of nutrition and hydration.”
A retired lawyer with a proclivity for precision, he has listed 10 triggering conditions, including “I cannot recognize my loved ones” and “I cannot articulate coherent thoughts and sentences.”
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