My dad has dementia and has lived in a memory care facility for over 2 years. He is frail, beginning to have trouble walking, and is almost non-verbal. When of sound mind, he filled out DNR paperwork and made it clear to me he would not want to live beyond "quality of life". He even spoke of suicide/assisted suicide. He always said he would not like to end up like his mother, who spent her last years bedridden with advanced dementia.
Dad is 81. Lately there has been some discussion about him possibly needing a pacemaker. My reaction has been "No". If his body winds down naturally and he dies a peaceful death, I think that is what he would have wanted.
Part of why he was moved to memory care is that my alcoholic mother refused to care for him and said he was "not her responsibility" after 50 years of marriage. She has verbally abused him and has said many times he would be better off dead, she wishes he were dead, etc. I am generally the one that nursing staff looks to for dad's needs, although technically mom is first in line as POA. Mostly she is AWOL :(
This morning we briefly discussed the pacemaker issue and she says her answer is "Yes" to the pacemaker, if that is what the doctor's suggest.
OK: Thoughts from the Forum about pacemakers, Please!.....