As we come to terms with Mom’s failing lungs, my family soon may face decisions about procedures that could prolong her life. Many of these medical procedures, which were not available to generations before, leave me wondering whether I will know when the time will be right for Mom to die. Resources on End-of-Life Decisions As I try to think ahead to prepare for these decisions, I find myself seeking information from a variety of sources, ranging from friends who have experience in caregiving, books on end-of-life and spiritual issues, magazine articles, radio programs, and a wide variety of information available on the Internet. I recently read an essay from New Yorker staff writer Atul Gawande's new book Better: A Surgeon's Notes on Performance , which was published earlier in April. Dr. Gawande is a surgeon and professor at Harvard Medical School. In his essay “On Fighting,” Dr. Gawande discusses the medical and ethical dilemmas that doctors encounter in relation to ...
Giving care to people who are dying and who also have early or mid stage Alzheimer's is easier if you are aware of a number of difficulties that cognitive impairment has on their experience and behavior. Alzheimer's does not make death any easier or more difficult for caregivers. As your loved one enters the last weeks and days of their life there is a lot to contend with. Sorrow, anticipatory bereavement and sometimes pleasure when an interaction/time spent remind you of the loss to come. I have put together some information that has been helpful to me that may be useful to you.
As well as being a symptom of Alzheimer's and other forms of dementia, confusion is also a symptom of physical conditions such as poor oxygen levels, common for example in heart and lung disease. High levels of chemicals poisonous to the body, for example, high urea and creatinine common in kidney disease and in diseases of the brain such as tumors, may can also cause confusion....
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