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Avoiding Prolonged Dementia

Dementia is now the leading cause of death in England and Wales. How can we ensure we don't suffer from it for longer than we wish? Medically Assisted Suicide is one option chosen by a few. In the UK those choosing this option need to arrange appropriate help in Switzerland, as it is not legal [...]

2017-04-23T09:35:23+00:00 April 23rd, 2017|Advance Decisions, Dementia, USA|

New Legal Challenge on Assisted Dying

Today a new legal case to challenge the law on assisted dying is seeking financial backing. Please can you help! The law firm Bindmans are representing 'Omid' who was diagnosed with the incurable illness, Multiple System Atrophy (MSA), in 2014. He is now largely confined to bed, has to wear a catheter bag and needs [...]

2017-07-05T17:58:29+00:00 March 21st, 2017|Legal Action|

House Of Lords Debate on Assisted Dying

On 6th March 2017 the House of Lords held a short debate on Assisted Dying "To ask Her Majesty’s Government what assessment they have made of recent legislation on assisted dying in North America; and whether those laws provide an appropriate basis for legislation in England and Wales." The transcript reveals the continuing debate along [...]

2017-06-23T11:58:22+00:00 March 9th, 2017|UK Parliament, Vulnerable People|

Senior judge ends his life after being diagnosed with dementia

Several news sources report the suicide of Sir Nicholas Wall, the former President of the Family Division, Britain’s most senior family law judge. The Daily Mail has some particularly interesting quotes. Daily Mail The Guardian Daily Telegraph BBC MDMD are not aware of the full circumstances of Sir Nicholas Wall’s death, but the case highlights [...]

2017-06-24T13:34:05+00:00 February 25th, 2017|Dementia, Personal Stories|

Book Review: Rational Suicide in the Elderly

Rational Suicide in the Elderly: Clinical, Ethical, and Sociocultural Aspects by Robert E. McCue (Editor), Meera Balasubramaniam (Editor) Springer 2017 (8th Oct 2016) An entire book devoted to the better understanding or Rational Suicide in the Elderly was essential reading for MDMD (Our name was formerly SOARS: Society for Old Age Rational Suicide). We were [...]

2017-02-14T11:44:20+00:00 February 13th, 2017|Legal Action, Psychiatric Issues, USA|

Dementia sufferers ending their lives in Switzerland

Today the Mail on Sunday published an article about the father of an MDMD supporter who ended his life at Dignitas. Penny's father Ron Hall suffered from early stage dementia. The psychiatric assessment to ensure he still had mental capacity to make the life ending decision was done by MDMD's associate coordinator, Colin Brewer. Interestingly, [...]

PRESS RELEASE: MDMD Response to Noel Conway’s legal challenge on Assisted Dying

Today MDMD issued the following press release: My Death, My Decision is pleased that, with support from Dignity in Dying, (DiD), Noel Conway, who is most unfortunately terminally ill with motor neurone disease, has begun judicial review proceedings, claiming that the failure of Parliament to amend the present Suicide Act, to permit him to have [...]

2017-01-18T17:41:01+00:00 January 18th, 2017|Dementia, Dignity in Dying, Legal Action, MDMD, Switzerland, UK Parliament|

Over 100 Minimally conscious patients

A BBC investigation attempted to find out how many minimally conscious patients were being kept alive in the UK. All the UK health authorities were asked,  but only about one quarter were able to provide data. Those that did revealed 105 cases. Given the poor response, it seems reasonable to estimate that the total number [...]

Ironically, the option of euthanasia can prolong life, and its quality.

A new BBC report has been published on Belgian paralympian Marieke Vervoort who has obtained papers authorising her euthanasia. She has suffered from a progressive, incurable spinal condition, for 16 years. The report describes her severe pain which is not fully controllable by medication. A video clip shows her suffering. The story follows an earlier [...]

2016-12-20T15:14:49+00:00 December 15th, 2016|Belgium, Disability, Personal Stories|