David Cassidy dead @67 - 1970's heart throb
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« on: November 22, 2017, 06:28:59 am »

http://variety.com/2017/music/people-news/david-cassidy-dead-dies-partridge-family-1202618273/

He died from dementia-related organ failure.

 
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« Reply #1 on: November 23, 2017, 01:16:56 am »


That is very interesting... I've heard of people with dementia dying of malnutrition, pneumonia, and infections.. but not organ failure.  

In a case like that..the person is essentially dead days, weeks, even months before they actually die.  What is the point of being "alive" if one has no memory, no interests, nobody that loves them, no pleasure, and is just a burden... and is never going to get better.. just worse?   I know someone who does absolutely nothing but lay in front of a TV set all day long (and no, they are not a typical teenager).  
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« Reply #2 on: November 23, 2017, 03:25:00 am »

I help run religious services at an old folks home.

I knew several people who appeared to be in such severe vegetative states that they hadn't communicated for years.  But they would react to familiar hymns or prayers.

Coming back to the question asked before.  Would you trust your government to decide on who was to live and who was to die?
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« Reply #3 on: November 23, 2017, 08:36:35 am »

A few years ago, my dad died of pretty much the same thing. 

He was in the media at Thanksgiving and Christmas feeding the homeless.   He looked extremely well and sounded completely normal during both interviews.     

My aunt and uncle (his brother and sister) saw him all the time and they were the ones that noticed his change. 

I think it was 2 Feb and he was diagnosed with extreme dementia and by mid march he was dead.   

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On a side note, if you ever have medical issues, you need my aunt Mary on your side.    She didn't ask the VA to help my dad, she told them they would help my dad.   
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« Reply #4 on: November 24, 2017, 07:25:01 am »

A few years ago, my dad died of pretty much the same thing.  

He was in the media at Thanksgiving and Christmas feeding the homeless.   He looked extremely well and sounded completely normal during both interviews.    

My aunt and uncle (his brother and sister) saw him all the time and they were the ones that noticed his change.  

I think it was 2 Feb and he was diagnosed with extreme dementia and by mid march he was dead.    

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On a side note, if you ever have medical issues, you need my aunt Mary on your side.    She didn't ask the VA to help my dad, she told them they would help my dad.  

He went from seeming normal to dying of dementia in 3 months?  I have never heard of it progressing that fast.
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« Reply #5 on: November 24, 2017, 08:06:49 am »

I have no idea.   Nobody in the UK really talks about Dementia.
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« Reply #6 on: November 24, 2017, 04:08:47 pm »

My own observations:

People developing dementia can hide the symptoms for years.  Everyone forgets things.  Everyone does something weird once in a while.  There's something called Paramnesia where you 'remember' things that haven't actually happened (there's an example of an American President who recounted the plot of a movie he was in as something he had done in real life to a group of veterans.)

It's when things collapse that people get diagnosed.  I work with people who on most occassions can pass; unless you know that the little boy they are looking for is in his 50s, that they aren't allowed to keep money in their room as they look for their purse, that this is the third time in an hour that you've had the exact same conversation with them.

People can die in very short times after dementia affects their mind.  What ever is causing the damage to the parts of the brain involved in memory, emotion, and thought can also damage the parts of the brain involved in breathing, swallowing, and body temperature regulation.

There is no good death from the point of view of the loved ones.
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