Softening the resistance to “assisting” the suicide of people with an “elevated” risk of Alzheimer’s

By Dave Andrusko Excluding children, who are utterly powerless, no vulnerable group is more exposed to “assisted suicide” than patients with Alzheimer’s, especially advanced Alzheimer’s. That is why you are seeing more and more trials balloons—for example, “Should Alzheimer’s Disease Qualify for Assisted Suicide” —probing for grounds to justify assisting the suicide of a woman …

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Euthanasia for Alzheimer’s Patients

By Wesley J. Smith The medically vulnerable have rarely been in greater jeopardy. Alzheimer’s disease patients are at particular risk. In a recent poll from Quebec—where lethal-injection euthanasia is legal—a chilling 72 percent of caregivers favor permitting Alzheimer’s patients to be euthanized, even if the afflicted person never requested euthanasia. If the patient requested euthanasia …

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How Alzheimer’s unduly influences the euthanasia debate

By Michael Cook Negative attitudes towards Alzheimer’s disease are an undue influence on the euthanasia debate, claims an Australian bioethicist. Deakin University Professor Megan-Jane Johnstone has examined the ‘Alzheimerisation’ of the euthanasia debate in her book, “Alzheimer’s disease, media representations and the politics of euthanasia: constructing risk and selling death in an aging society.” “Alzheimer’s …

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All the richer for having the privilege of remembering for both of us

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through August 25. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last ten months. I lead an adult …

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Should Quebec’s Alzheimer’s patients be eligible for euthanasia?

By Michael Cook Quebec is about to embark upon a debate on the involuntary euthanasia of demented elderly after a 55-year-old man in Montreal allegedly smothered his Alzheimer’s stricken wife and posted what he had done on Facebook. Michel Cadotte was charged with second-degree murder after his 60-year-old wife died in an assisted care facility. …

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Euthanasia and Alzheimer’s: Canada takes a step in the wrong direction

Supporters of ‘aid-in-dying’ already want to expand the law By Aubert Martin The euthanasia machine has once again become activated, following the “compassionate” murder of a woman with advanced stage Alzheimer’s [in Quebec]. Although the details are not yet known, it appears that her exhausted spouse may have “cracked.” The despair into which this poor …

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Alleged murder of woman with Alzheimer’s leads to demand for more euthanasia

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition The alleged murder in Montréal Monday of a woman with Alzheimer’s has led to renewed pressure by the euthanasia lobby to extend “MAID” [Medical Assistance In Dying] to incompetent people. “Under Quebec’s ‘end-of-life care’ act, which came into effect on Dec. 10, 2015, a patient seeking …

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Ethics, Alzheimer’s, and feeding tubes

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This appeared on Nancy’s blog. In 1988 during the Nancy Cruzan case involving a young, non-terminally ill woman in a so-called “persistent vegetative state” whose parents wanted her feeding tube withdrawn so she would die, I was asked if I was going to feed my mother who had Alzheimer’s disease. …

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Inherent dignity, Alzheimer’s, and the human person’s right to life

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran May …

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Man writes about caring for wife with Alzheimer’s: “I have been blessed”

By Cassy Fiano Often, when we hear about adults with terminal illnesses, it’s in relation to the debate over assisted suicide and euthanasia. Degenerative illnesses that slowly kill are understandably seen as a person’s worst nightmare. After all, no one wants to slowly lose their memories and their ability to function. No one wants to …

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A grandmother’s journey through Alzheimer’s: The privilege of remembering for both of us

By Dave Andrusko I lead an adult Sunday school class and many of the members have parents who are aging rapidly and/or in declining health. We often talk about what that entails, not only for them, but for their siblings and even for the grandkids. Earlier this week I had coffee with one member of …

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