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Thanks for your post, Daughter. Your suggestions are very wise. These kinds of discussions need to occur and fully hashed out: What are the benefits of a treatment? The burdens? Are we really only prolonging the long-term misery of dementia for the patient? If there are good years, how many can we really expect? And how "good" will they be? If there are bad years that will follow, how bad will they be and how long? Are we doing this for ourselves or really, truly for our loved one? I think each person has to answer these kinds of questions for himself/herself. At the same time, we owe it to our families to be clearer about our own expectations for our care so they get an idea about the kinds of values that inform our choices.

Thanks again for a great post...


Posted on 2009/10/25 4:35




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