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January 19, 2023

What is a dementia directive to stop eating & drinking?

In our new End of Life Options — Conversations with Judy (aka "Ask Judy") article, Judy discusses advance directives to stop eating and drinking.

Here's an excerpt:
"It is now well known that an adult with decision-making capacity has the right to decide to forgo oral intake with the intended goal of hastening death... But what if someone wants to direct their future care for if/when they lose decision-making capacity? Individuals who are concerned about how they will be treated once they lose decision-making capacity (including whether hand-feeding occurs) are well advised to prepare for that possibility while they retain capacity."

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