Euthanasia and voluntary assisted suicide

This blog examines the philosophical issues of euthanasia and voluntary assisted suicide, which is the painless killing of a human being with an incurable illness or injury, to relieve physical and psychological suffering. Euthanasia involves the intentional taking of life and has been the topic of much religious, moral, ethical, philosophical, legal and human rights…

Facing the future with dementia

An online friend has given me some topics to write about, and today I thought I’d try a NaNoWriMo style writing of this one; “How do you feel about what the future holds for you – the future in 1 year, in 2 years and in 5 years?  How does it make you feel? What…

Accepting a diagnosis of dementia

One online friend has asked me to explore and write about older people not wanting to accept a diagnosis of dementia, and how they often don’t want to talk about it or involve themselves and their families in this new world. Many older people I know won’t even talk to their doctors about their memory loss…

Emily Brontë, grieving and dementia

I’ve been reading some Emily Brontë poems lately, and have thought about grieving and dementia in relation to her poem Remembrance. The danger of grieving is that the dead can become more real to you than the living, and you can love them more in death than when they were alive, somehow take more notice of…

Bucket lists, Dementia and Dying

The symptoms of dementia seem to be regularly washing some of my abilities away, as if at sea, and many of them never quite return. These changes mean I am constantly revising my Bucket list, as some of the things I once wanted to do, are no longer dementia friendly, and some things no longer…

Early Diagnosis of Dementia

The primary purpose and value of early diagnosis of dementia is timely access to information, advice, and support and access to a pathway of effective treatment and care from the time of diagnosis to end of life care, and to enable interventions that may only work or be suitable in the earlier stages[1]. Early diagnosis…

The impact of a diagnosis of younger onset dementia

Younger onset dementia is simply the diagnosis of a person under the age of 65 with dementia. It varies significantly, but the impact on a person under this age and their families is very different to someone over the age of 65. Usually the person is still in paid employment They may still have school…