Dementia guidelines to help end of life decisions

Making decisions about the end of your life is hard. Making those decisions for other people is even harder.

Now imagine how hard it would be if that person had dementia, and suddenly you have to decide how their life should be.

Last month, the National Health and Medical Research Council launched Australia’s first comprehensive guidelines for dementia care.

Some of the guidelines include better diagnosis tools and more inclusion of families in decision making, especially in regards to end of life decisions.

Ninah Kopel spoke with Meera Agar, Professor of palliative medicine at the University of Technology Sydney and one of the authors of the guidelines.

Image: forresto on Flickr.

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