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Dementia & End-of-Life Choices: Embracing the Natural Journey

Dementia & End-of-Life Choices: Embracing the Natural Journey

We never know when it's our time for end-of-life, but as the first Baby Boomers turn 80 in 2025, dementia and its impact become more relevant. Our 8th decade often brings increased frailty, with memory loss affecting 25% and many needing daily assistance.

Dementia and other diseases can affect personality, turning loved ones argumentative, anxious, and self-centered. It's not just an individual tragedy; it's a family illness impacting finances, causing physical burden, exhaustion, and anticipatory grief.

Dementia's slow progression can lead to situations where the natural end-of-life process is unintentionally disrupted.Factors like unnecessary medical interventions, the need for care facilities to function financially, and families struggling to understand natural death can all contribute.

There is a way to ensure your wishes are known, even if dementia takes your voice: An Alzheimer's living will complements your advanced medical directive, specifying your preferences for care in specific end-of-life scenarios.


Related Episodes:

What Is Death Positivity?

The Heart of Caring - Dementia & Hospice


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