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(Arizona Star)   Dementia called costliest illness after pancakes, clean cheese, and picnic apes says Socko the Happy-Turtle   ( azstarnet.com) divider line
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2013-04-05 12:32:51 PM  
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My dad had dementia, spent the last nine months of his life in assisted living before dying in January.  It was a relief.

If it happens to me, I'll have the rum and the Valium ready.  My husband plans the same thing.
2013-04-05 11:38:50 AM  
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My mom just got diagnosed with this, too.  Not getting a kick.

At this point, more worried about my dad's health than hers.  She's cared for in a home.  He's ripped apart by worry and guilt.

Dementia sucks.
2013-04-05 09:41:27 AM  
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Funny headline, subby.   I wonder how funny you'll think it'll be when you have a to care for a parent who is as helpless as a two year old.
2013-04-05 09:21:45 AM  
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It cost $60,550 a year for the care for my mom. That's not including doctor visits or her meds. The meds alone, with insurance, are anywhere from $150 to $500 a month.

/she is only 64
//started showing symptoms at 59...
2013-04-05 09:03:09 AM  
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My Mother has caught the bug too.

Funny how when the rest of the family found out there's not much money or how much a farking burden 24 hours a day to take care of her ... poof ... can't find them with a search warrant.

I've given up my life so this old woman who used to be my Mother can eat and take a shower now and then.

My advise for caregivers ... make sure you pay yourself a fair wage (adjust your tax withholding at your other job) from any funds they have, as long as it says you can in the power of attorney.

My attorney made sure I did this because you know what ,,, soon any money will be gone, I'll be exhausted, divorced and broke .. this way at least I'll have a little cash set aside for me to take a vacation when it's over.
2013-04-05 08:00:21 AM  
1 vote:
Too much money to be made keeping people alive. Euthanasa will never be accepted.
2013-04-05 02:28:31 AM  
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strangeluck: The cost isn't just momentary wise, it's the emotional strain it puts on a family.

When you have a family member whose dementia causes them to be abusive in someway, it's hard to feel pity or sympathy after a while when you've had to deal with it for years.

After a while all you see is the way they act now, and forget how they were before.

The family member in my case, used to be a decent person, now all he does is act like a two year old on his worse days and treat us like the enemy when it comes to taking meds.

/am tired

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2013-04-05 02:06:47 AM  
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kazikian: So why not euthanize? Are you even a person anymore if you have no conception of your own humanity? I know I wouldn't want myself or my loved ones to live in an advanced state of dementia. Now, of course, that's if one is a total incapacitated vegetable, not just a bit off in the head.

Long Answer: Because history has proven that having that power leads to unthinkable abuses and uses for it.
Short Answer: Because you're killing someone incapable of giving consent to euthanasia.

The best thing you can do is hope that the families get educated by a physician who has the patient's best interests in mind, and then refuse the placement of an NG or PEG Tube to feed them when they stop eating, and refuse IV fluids or medicine. Comfort measures only.
2013-04-05 01:54:52 AM  
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I'm actually looking forward to dementia

maybe I can finally get those flashbacks I paid good money for 20 years ago

2013-04-05 01:50:48 AM  
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2013-04-05 01:49:19 AM  
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Naturally it's costly, because they forget where they've put their money, and will often give away all their resources to anyone claiming to be Brian Boitano.
2013-04-05 01:44:42 AM  
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euthanasia should be a right. sign up on the back of your license while your brain still works.
2013-04-05 01:36:10 AM  
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2013-04-05 01:35:18 AM  
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President Reagan raked leaves out of his pool that the SS Men would continuously put back in for hours of dementia fun.
2013-04-05 01:34:16 AM  
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Vice president G.W. Bush?

/We all know Dick Cheney was the real President.
//The crazed man behind the curtain who made 80 billion dollars on his two wars to fire that CIA agent.
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