Should We Starve Alzheimer’s Patients?

Elderly-Depression

(The Corner) – The idea of starving a helpless elderly person to death used to be thought of as the most egregious crime. An abhorrence.

Now, for some, it is merely another form of “death with dignity.”

The assisted suicide advocacy organization Compassion and Choices–formerly the more honestly named Hemlock Society–teaches people (with a prime focus on the elderly) how to starve themselves to death, a form of suicide they call “voluntary stop eating and drinking” (VSED).

But many in bioethics wish to take that avenue to dying further, requiring nursing homes to starve dementia patients to death if they so stated in an advance directive. CONTINUE