Feb 10, 2015

If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death

Choosing an end game is all but impossible if you're headed toward dementia and you wait too long.

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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death, Alzheimer's Reding Room

This issue continues to gain traction. Here is the latest from NPR.

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If you make a choice to hasten your own death, it's actually pretty simple: don't eat or drink for a week. But if you have Alzheimer's disease, acting on even that straightforward choice can become ethically and legally fraught.

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But choosing an end game is all but impossible if you're headed toward dementia and you wait too long. 
Say you issue instructions, while still competent, to stop eating and drinking when you reach the point beyond which you wouldn't want to live. 
Once you reach that point — when you can't recognize your children, say, or when you need diapers, or can't feed yourself, or whatever your own personal definition of intolerable might be — it might already be too late; you are no longer on your own.

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If You Have Dementia, Can You Hasten Death As You Wished?


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