|Dementia

Preferences for care at end of life when mental capacity is diminishing

An interesting scientific study of attitudes in UK and USA towards end of life care and assisted dying in the face of worsening dementia, was published in April 2017 in the peer reviewed on-line journal Plos One: Clarke G, Fistein E, Holland A, Barclay M, Theimann P, Barclay S (2017) Preferences for care towards the [...]

2017-09-13T14:52:25+00:00 September 13th, 2017|Advance Decisions, Care Homes, Dementia, Opinion Poll|

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|

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|

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|

Dementia now leading cause of death

A BBC report highlights the latest statistics published by the ONS on causes of death. Dementia (including Alzheimer's disease), is now the leading cause of death, accounting for 11.6% of all deaths in 2015. This has now overtaken coronary heart disease, though for men that still remains the leading cause of death. For those over [...]

2016-12-20T15:14:50+00:00 November 15th, 2016|Dementia, Dignity in Dying|

Two BMJ Blog posts on assisted dying in Dementia and Psychiatric cases.

Richard Smith, former editor of the British Medical Journal (BMJ) writes a moving personal story of his mother who suffers from dementia, arguing the case for assisted suicide for early stage dementia patients - as he and his mother did 10 years before. Colin Brewer, former psychiatrist and current associate coordinator of MDMD, follows this [...]

2016-12-20T15:14:50+00:00 August 20th, 2016|Dementia, Medical Views, Psychiatric Issues|