Advance Directives for Dementia: For and Against
Price for Members: Free
Price for Non-Members: $5
Date/Time: Wednesday, July 10, 2:00 – 3:30 p.m.
Instructor: Martin Benjamin, Ph.D., professor emeritus of philosophy, Michigan State University
Location: Concord Campus
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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 A new and troubling question is whether an advance directive may legally require that nutrition and hydration be withdrawn in the event of severe Alzheimer’s disease or other forms of dementia.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.
Start time: 02:00 p.m.
End time: 03:30 p.m.
Venue: Cal State East Bay
Directions: Cal State East Bay, Concord Campus 4700 Ygnacio Valley Road, Concord