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Thanks for sharing all your stories. Today we were faced with the doctor wanting to put a pacemaker in my 80 year old father who has Alzheimer's. At this time, he cannot walk, feed himself and gets agitated easy. His heart has started to race and then slow way down. He doesn't feel it and you wouldn't know it was happening if he wasn't hooked up to a monitor. Putting a pacemaker will not slow down his disease nor does it sound like it will improve his life or my mother's who is is major caregiver. It will just prolong his lack of quality of life. It's a hard decision but I know this isn't quality life and why prolong the misery.

Posted on 2010/8/5 21:23

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