‘Aggressive’ Advance Directive Permits Halting Food And Water In Severe Dementia

A document developed by a New York end-of-life agency permits people who want to avoid the ravages of advanced dementia to make their final wishes known — while they still have the ability to do so. One version requests that all food and fluids be withheld under certain circumstances.

Supporters call this right-to-die proposal the strongest move yet to document a person’s advance wishes in cases of severe dementia. Critics say it would deny basic care to society’s most vulnerable.

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