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Talking About Death When Someone Has Dementia

Posted Apr 19 2010 12:00am

Dear Carol: Is it ever appropriate to try to talk about "End of life issues" with the severely demented?  My wife and I had all the proper paper work drawn up before she was severely demented.  The living will dates back several years and revised wills and power of attorney papers were drawn up early on with the help of the Elder Attorney.  My question is does my wife have anything to gain by my trying to visit these issues again?  I have not tried.  She can't effectively deal with tomorrow, so why try to delve into the unknown future?  I have decided that everything that needs to be done has been done and we can now just focus on our day-to-day living.  Am I right? Bob 

Dear Bob: For several reasons,

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