|Dementia

Scottish Parliament removes time limit in definition of “terminally ill”

MDMD are delighted to learn that the Scottish parliament has removed any time limit from its definition of "terminally ill" in their Social Security (Scotland) Act 2018.  The story was reported by the BBC and the Guardian. The Guardian article states "There were a number of significant last-minute amendments to the legislation, including the removal [...]

2018-07-15T14:11:50+00:00 July 15th, 2018|Dementia, Disability, Medical Views, Scotland|

Eamonn Holmes wants an assisted death in Switzerland if he has dementia – but he shouldn’t rely on others.

Breakfast TV News presenter Eamonn Holmes has been widely quoted in the media for openly saying that he would prefer a medically assisted death if he developed dementia. A Sun on Sunday article strongly supports him. A  Daily Mail article also covered the story, its comments show strong support for Eamonn's view. Describing his fear [...]

2018-06-04T18:23:50+00:00 June 4th, 2018|Dementia, Switzerland|

Extending the Oregon Right to Die Law. Evidence of a “Slippery Slope”?

A recent article in the Washington Post describes moves in Oregon, USA to try to extend their Death with Dignity Act to include help for those suffering from degenerative diseases such as Motor Neurone Disease, Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. Related discussions are taking place in other US states and in Canada. For example, a recent paper [...]

2018-03-19T20:16:34+00:00 March 19th, 2018|Canada, Dementia, Slippery Slope, USA|

Living with Dementia – comparing two cases of Early Onset Dementia

The Observer recently published a story about Wendy Mitchell, an Alzheimer's sufferer whose memoir, 'Somebody I Used to Know', has recently been published. The article gives in interesting insight into how Wendy copes with the devastating diagnosis of dementia at the age of 58. Wendy is described as an energetic single mother of two adult [...]

2018-02-14T15:53:21+00:00 February 14th, 2018|Dementia, Personal Stories, Switzerland|

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|