Dementia and Suicide

Good information here to start an important discussion regarding suicide rates among Alzheimer’s patients and their caregivers.

Exploring Dementia

Image courtesy imagerymajestic @ http://www.freedigitalphotos.netI should warn my readers, from the start, that this post may be disturbing to some.  It will most surely stimulate some vigorous discussion, if not here than away from the keyboard.

On May 30, 2013, the news website Express reported that an individual with dementia had become the first British citizen to die at the controversial Dignitas suicide clinic in Switzerland.  It was suggested that the 83-year-old man had the full support of his family, and that he wished to spare them further stress as his condition progressed.  He did have a letter from a psychiatrist, confirming that he was mentally capable of making this decision.

The topic of assisted suicide is one that has been much debated in many countries — from a moral, legal, and religious standpoint.  While it is legal in Switzerland under certain conditions, it is considered a criminal offense in the U.K. and can…

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  1. Thank you for sharing my post. I hope a lot of your readers learn from it.

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