How to manage end-of-life care in the face of cognitive decline
End-of-life planning issues can be difficult to manage.
This type of planning, and the accompanying ethical and legal issues, should be dealt with in advance of the patient becoming critically unwell, particularly in those people with diagnoses that will involve a decline in cognition, such as dementia or brain tumours.
In mainstream Western society, we often avoid discussions about end-of-life issues. However, death is as much an inevitable part of life as birth.
As a society, we place significantly more emphasis