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Should you force-feed granny? Or just let her starve to death?

One of my close relatives recently died a few weeks after suffering a serious stroke which left her partially paralysed and unable to speak or communicate in any way.

This made me aware of a pretty ghastly moral dilemma facing many families. If you Google “elderly dying of starvation” you’ll find that it is increasingly […]

Could you afford £60,000 a year for care?

Every year about 46,000 people have strokes in Britain. About 22% of these stroke victims will require 24-hour care for the rest of their lives. That’s 10,120 more people requiring 24-hour care every year.

If these 10,120 people with severe complications after their stroke have any assets – some savings, a home, a few shares […]

I hope you all die of cancer!!!!!!!!

(Well, that’s some headline!)

I’ve spent much of the last two days in a hospital ward for severe stroke victims trying to communicate with something that was once my mother but now was unable to walk, unable to speak (apart from incomprehensible moaning) and no longer recognised either me or my sister.

It’s quite […]

Ah, the joys of dementia

I don’t know the average age of my dwindling band of readers. But I suspect many will have a relative who has or will soon get some degree of dementia.

If so, here are just a few of the delights they can look forward to:

Grasping Granny Syndrome

I’ve written before about what I’ve named […]