Alan Meisel Quoted In ABA Journal On Problematic Alzheimer's VSED Directives
The ABA Journal reached out to Pitt Law Professor and Director of the Center for Bioethics and Health Law Alan Meisel for expert commentary on the treatment of terminally ill patients nearing the end of life. According to the Alzheimer's Association, one in three seniors will die with some form of dementia, which has increased interest in VSEDs, an end-of-life advanced directive short for "voluntarily stopped eating and drinking."
VSEDs are considered a lawful way to hasten death in cases of terminally ill patient, according to the ABA Journal article.
Meisel told the journal, "People are saying: 'That's not how I want to die.' I don't want it agonizing for myself and my family. I'd rather do something that ends my life in a respectable fashion."
VSED requests for Alzheimer's are uncommon and untested, and they could prove problematic from both a legal and practical perspective. Read more in the ABA Journal article "Increased awareness of Alzheimer's disease is prompting a new push to use an old advance directive."