A little background: my mom had a pacemaker put in about 8years ago (she’s 86). It was a good decision, she was healthy, active, it gave her several good years. Fast forward to today, she has dementia (worsening quickly...usually thinks I’m her mother), she’s blind, has breast cancer, COPD, can barely walk, incontinent, and suffers from anxiety. I am her health care proxy and her POA as well as full time caregiver. I feel as though if the pacemaker wasn’t there her heart just would have slowed down and eventually stopped. Nature taking its course. On her health care proxy she had specified that if she was not going to recover from her illnesses she did not want to be kept going by any artificial means. Although it doesn’t specifically mention a pacemaker couldn’t it include this? Has anyone ever requested a pacemaker be deactivated? What kind of response did you get from the doctors? Any experiences or advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.