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  • NC
    NC
    September 30, 2011
    NC
    NC
    September 30, 2011

    I am not sure what you mean by older person - you are talking about dementia?

    I don't know why people say it is not a concern.

    However, the person with dementia do get depressed because they lose the ability to act normally and the memory loss makes them confused. So certainly they get more depressed and moody and some are even combative in late stage.

    The doctors can give them antidepressant and antipsychotic drugs.

     

    Perhaps the reason is that they cannot carry out suicude in moderate/late stage as they lose the ability to function normally in daily life. They do verbally express their depression. e.g., my FIL once got the impression that hospital could kill him (it was just his own delusion) in 2009 so he often thinks people can just put him down so he would wait in the yard to die in 2009. Last year he still would think of wanting to die. But he cannot commit suicide without "help". Now he is happy at times given the activities in the home.

     

    Regards,
    NC

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