Alzheimer’s

Court Won’t Order Woman with Alzheimer’s Starved

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I am very relieved, and mildly surprised. A family that sought a court order requiring a nursing home to starve their wife/mother to death has been refused. From the CBC News story: Justice Greyell found Bentley, through her [Margot Bentley’s] behaviour, consented to receiving nourishment and fluids and that such feeding must continue. In his […]

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Alzheimer’s Death in Swiss Suicide Clinic

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The logic of assisted suicide pushes with the force of gravity to virtual death-on-demand. It starts with advocacy for allowing doctor-prescribed suicide for the imminently terminally ill for whom — supposedly — nothing else can be done to alleviate suffering. But that’s only a key that opens the door — and indeed, as we have […]

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Bioethicist: Let’s Find a Way to Kill Alzheimer’s Patients!

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Don’t anyone tell me that the mercy killing imperative and cost containment aren’t mixed — driven by a pernicious “quality of life” ethic that denigrates and demeans the moral value of the most weak and vulnerable among us. The Hastings Center Report — the world’s most influential bioethics journal — has a piece pushing euthanasia […]

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Should We Kill Alzheimer’s Patients?

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC A very disturbing article in New York Magazine by Michael Wolff. It tells the difficult story of his mother’s dementia, a course of physical and mental decline about which I am very familiar as my uncle died from the complications of that Alzheimer’s disease. But […]

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‘Till Alzheimer’s Do Us Part

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC Pat Robertson approves of seeing “other people” and/or divorcing a spouse with Alzheimer’s because it is a “kind of death.” From a 700 Club segment (first two minutes of clip) in which Robertson answers a question about a man started seeing other people after his […]

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Alzheimer’s Patients Deserve a “Rain Forest” Solution

By Wesley J. Smith, J.D., Special Consultant to the CBC My uncle died of Alzheimer’s. I hate that I felt the need to give my bona fides, but in an age where emotional narratives usually rule over reason, it is sometimes necessary. The Huffington Post published a piece by religious lefty April L. Bogle, that […]

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