Assisted Death and Dementia

April 30, 2019

(MedPage Today) – About one in five cognitively normal older adults who had elevated beta-amyloid — a biomarker that increases risk of Alzheimer’s disease — said they would consider physician-assisted death if they experienced cognitive decline, a survey of A4 (Anti-Amyloid Treatment in Asymptomatic Alzheimer’s) trial participants showed. Learning about amyloid status did not change personal beliefs about the acceptability of physician-assisted death, but individuals who were open to the idea at baseline said elevated amyloid and dementia risk would be relevant to their decision, reported Emily Largent, JD, PhD, RN, of the University of Pennsylvania in Philadelphia, and colleagues in JAMA Neurology.

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