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dementia
July 31, 2021
My mother has dementia. I’ve been a mother myself for a good quarter century, so I’m used to trying to help people who can’t express what they want. Or who don’t want what they should. Or who don’t understand what they truly want. But this is different. In those cases I’d be trying to show respect and
January 28, 2021
We who have acquired and still retain the ability to navigate this physical world have a duty to protect the infirm elderly, as well as the unformed young, from bodily harm and dangers that could lead to their premature death. The ancient woman stroking her doll remains as human as she was as a charming toddler, as worthy of our care now that she is dying as she was when she had her life ahead of her. But we tend to forget that, especially when we see them in the groaning waystation to the grave.
December 08, 2016
Doctors are unable to explain why a nun's brain fully invaded with Alzheimer's kept functioning at a high level
May 10, 2016
The number of mental health patients killed by euthanasia in the Netherlands has quadrupled from 13 to 56 in the last four years
March 16, 2015
Professor Patrick Pullicino has said that practices proposed by a new report might endanger the safety of patients
July 19, 2012
A professor has suggested in the BMJ that hydrating and feeding dementia patients 'skews' resources
October 14, 2011
The recent scandals in the NHS highlight our society's lack of respect for old people. We should offer more help to families caring for relatives, but we also have to change our attitude towards the elderly
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