Osher Lifelong Learning Institute

Advance Directives for Dementia: For and Against (msc)


Price for Members: Free
Price for Non-Members: $5
Members of Mastick Senior Center: Free
Date/Time: Monday, November 18, 1:30 – 3:00 p.m.
Instructor: Martin Benjamin, Ph.D., professor emeritus of philosophy, Michigan State University
Location: Mastick Senior Center

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Course Description

Advance directives allow competent adults to authorize an “agent” to accept or refuse life-extending treatment if, due to illness or injury, they cannot do so themselves. Such directives also allow for choice of doctors and other details of medical treatment. A new and troubling question is whether an advance directive may legally require that nutrition and hydration be withdrawn in the event of severe Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia. Should an individual’s current competent self be able to request that nutrition and hydration be cut off for their future demented self? Professor Benjamin will explore the question in detail, including the medical, legal, and moral issues it raises. Here are 21st century complexities worthy of our attention.

This lecture will take place at Mastick Senior Center, 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, CA 94501.

Event Details

Date: 2019-11-18

Start time: 01:30 p.m.

End time: 03:00 p.m.

Venue: Mastick Senior Center

Directions: Mastick Senior Center 1155 Santa Clara Avenue, Alameda, 94501

Phone: 510.747.7500


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