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VSED & Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia

On the front page of today’s Science section of the New York Times, Paula Span has an important story, ” Complexities of Choosing an End Game for Dementia.”

Can you specify in advance of severe dementia, “triggering conditions” to ensure that nobody tries to keep you alive by spoon feeding or offering liquids?

Can people who develop dementia use VSED (“voluntarily stopping eating and drinking”) to end their lives by including such instructions in an advance directive?

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