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

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Alberto Sardella *
Laura Vernuccio
Floriana Cocita
Florenza Inzerillo
Ligia J. Dominguez
Mario Barbagallo
(*) Corresponding Author:
Alberto Sardella | albi.sardella@gmail.com

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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