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Ethics and aging: focus on living will for patients with dementia

Alberto Sardella, Laura Vernuccio, Floriana Cocita, Florenza Inzerillo, Ligia J. Dominguez, Mario Barbagallo
  • Laura Vernuccio
    Geriatrics and Long Term Care Unit, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Floriana Cocita
    Geriatrics and Long Term Care Unit, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Florenza Inzerillo
    Geriatrics and Long Term Care Unit, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Ligia J. Dominguez
    Geriatrics and Long Term Care Unit, University of Palermo, Italy
  • Mario Barbagallo
    Geriatrics and Long Term Care Unit, University of Palermo, Italy

Abstract

Today dementia certainly represents a public health priority with a huge global impact on wordwide population. However, clinical and social issues related to dementia have long been marginalized. The actual high prevalence of dementias requires also to face issues from a bioethical perspective, regarding how to deal with demented patient’s disposition. There are currently no specific guidelines on the national territory regarding whether to draw up a living will by a patient with dementia, neither about the informative role of physicians during the progressive story of the disease.

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Living will; dementia; Alzheimer; geriatrics.

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