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Post End stage issue: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Because of the swallowing issues that are common in late stage LBD and the need for all LBD families to eventually face end-of-life decisions, the article below may be a helpful resource.

Artificial Nutrition and Hydration: Beneficial or Harmful?
By Cheryl Arenella, MD, MPH
Source: American Hospice Foundation

Angela Taylor
Director of Programs
Lewy Body Dementia Association

Wed Jul 18, 2012 2:05 pm
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Post Re: End stage issue: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Good article clarifying the different types of gastro-enteral interventions and what they do or do not accomplish. I found a few of the statements a bit misleading and could certainly see that the article had an objective. It's a valid objective, though, overall. Thank you for sharing it. I'll save it to my files.

Pat [68] married to Derek [84] for 38 years; husband dx PDD/LBD 2005, probably began 2002 or earlier; late stage and in a SNF as of January 2011. Hospitalized 11/2/2013 and discharged to home Hospice. Passed away at home on 11/9/2013.

Wed Jul 18, 2012 3:02 pm

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Post Re: End stage issue: Artificial Nutrition and Hydration
Thanks for posting this. I hope I won't be needing the info. any time soon, but it also is a good reminder to have discussions about these types of issues BEFORE anyone needs to make decisions AND to have a very thorough AD written. Lynn

Lynn, daughter of 89 year old dad dx with possiblity of LBD, CBD, PSP, FTD, ALS, Vascular Dementia, AD, etc., died Nov. 30, 2010 after living in ALF for 18 months.

Wed Jul 18, 2012 4:09 pm
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