Alzheimer’s disease gets progressively worse and there is no known cure. After a certain point, should an Alzheimer’s patient be kept alive with a feeding tube? Many family members say, of course: they should do everything possible to prolong a loved one’s life. But some doctors say inserting a feeding tube is inhumane, because it can just prolong a vegetative state for years. More
Sermon excerpted and adapted from remarks by Dennis McCullough, M.D. at an interfaith service, Kendal at Hanover, April 15, 2007.
My vision of better care for elders in late life is not a call for a nostalgic return to some imagined romantic past when the lone family doctors sat by the bedside by candlelight tending the ill.
Read a Religion & Ethics NewsWeekly e-mail interview with Dr. Dennis McCullough, author of MY MOTHER, YOUR MOTHER: EMBRACING SLOW MEDICINE, THE COMPASSIONATE APPROACH TO CARING FOR YOUR AGING LOVED ONES.
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