For those of us with Alzheimer’s, making our needs and desires known becomes increasingly more difficult as the illness progresses. Making our personal care choices known while we are still able to understand their meaning can reduce stress and improve our quality of life as we ease into later years.
Advanced dementia, including Alzheimer’s disease, is the sixth leading cause of death overall in the United States. It is the fifth leading cause for people over 65, and the third for those over 85. Yet once the disease approaches its terminal stages, patients are unable to communicate their desires for or against life-prolonging therapies, some of which can actually make their last days more painful and hasten their demise.
“With dementia, by the time you get to the point of having to decide what you want done, you’ve largely lost the capacity to do so. Many people don’t realize that making these choices in advance does not cause people to lose hope.”
At Compassion we have Chaplains, Counselors and Social Workers well-versed in understanding your personal care choices, we can help you express those wishes. Call us today at 835-8357 and we’ll help.