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

  • Alberto Sardella | albi.sardella@gmail.com Geriatrics and Long Term Care Unit, University of Palermo, Italy.
  • 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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Published
2017-07-05
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Keywords:
Living will, dementia, Alzheimer, geriatrics.
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Sardella, A., Vernuccio, L., Cocita, F., Inzerillo, F., Dominguez, L. J., & Barbagallo, M. (2017). Ethics and aging: focus on living will for patients with dementia. Geriatric Care, 3(2). https://doi.org/10.4081/gc.2017.6815