Dating a terminally ill person

Approximately ten percent of American's in hospice care have Alzheimer's disease.

Dating a terminally ill person

You wrote, 'They are technically married, however the person they married is no longer "there".' If they are not there, where are they? If you are declared brain dead are you no longer a “person”.

Objectifying a person suffering from Alzheimer's in this way is a form of vilification. You could have, and should have chosen your words more carefully. For example, my mother was diagnosed with probably Alzheimer's disease seven years ago. I agree with you, Alzheimer's caregiving is an intense, difficult, personal choice. Bob De Marco Alzheimer's Reading Room actually the larger issue… It’s the abortion and Terry Schiavo dilemma all over again. I have a friend who is in his 50’s and suffers from debilitating MS.

I would not recommend Craigslist even though I had good luck with it because there are a lot of unsavory characters on the personals of that site.

Whether or not the demented person is "there" is not the issue.

She is being taken care of by one of their daughters, and is now at the point where she does not recognize her grandchildren and her perceptions or her own daughters are tenuous at best.

I've known my grandmother for several decades, her children several more, and aside from the one daughter, all agree that she is no longer "there".

They are technically married, however the person they married is no longer "there" and in some cases, their spouse does not even know who they are.

Taking care of a demented spouse can be much like taking care of a toddler because the person cannot be left alone or unattended and he or she cannot necessarily be reasoned with. More and more, these healthy spouses are only too relieved to place their ill spouse in a care facility in order to get their spouse a better level of care as well as to get a respite from caretaking.

When I met him he hadn't been able to speak to or have sex with his wife for several years.

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