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Shot of a nurse feeding a patient in a hospital

‘Aggressive’ New Advance Directive Would Let Dementia Patients Refuse Food

Treading into ethically and legally uncertain territory, a New York end-of-life agency has approved a new document that lets people stipulate in advance that they don’t want food or water if they develop severe dementia.

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Bill Harris visits his wife, Nora, at the Fern Gardens memory care center in Medford, Ore. Nora Harris was diagnosed with early-onset Alzheimer’s disease in 2009. Now 64, she can no longer communicate or recognize family and friends. She signed an advance directive stipulating no care to prolong her life, but her husband says state law is forcing her to be spoon-fed against her stated wishes. (Jim Craven for KHN)

Despite Advance Directive, Dementia Patient Denied Last Wish, Says Spouse

Bill Harris is blunt: For more than a year, he has been trying to help his wife die.

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