Parent's with dementia or Alzheimer's being kept alive through medicine with no quality of life?
I was speaking to an elder care lawyer about some of the hardest issues families with an aging parent face, and she spoke about families dealing with the constant care of an elderly parent whose life extends far beyond their being able to enjoy it. Especially with advances in medicine, it is possible to keep seniors alive, even if they are bedridden or vegetative. Are any of you struggling to cope with the long term care needs of an aged parent who is dependent to the point where they have a poor quality of life, but they still receive flu shots or have a pacemaker that is extending their life? Is this difficult? Is it an issue that you wrestle with, knowing what the right thing for an elderly parent is? Do any of you have custodial issues with other siblings or a government guardian as a result?