Theological Foundations for Palliative Care in End-Stage Dementia

Rosalie Hudson

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Many certainly view dementia as a problem defying any solution; others see the only solution as dispensing with the 'dementia sufferers'. In his well-publicised remarks about people with dementia in nursing homes, former governor general of Australia, Bill Hayden, stated, 'succeeding generations deserve to be disencumbered of some unproductive burdens'. Sadly, the vocabulary of many health professionals echoes this repugnance towards dementia and dependency: 'Shoot me if I ever get like that!' Baroness Warnock, influential medical ethics expert in the UK, takes the concept further by claiming (in 2008) that 'dementia sufferers should consider ending their lives through euthanasia because of the strain they put on their families and public services'. She also expresses the hope that people will soon be 'licensed to put others down' if they are unable to look after themselves.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)79-96
Number of pages18
JournalInterface: A Forum for Theology in the World
Issue number1 and 2
Publication statusPublished - 2010


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