One of the biggest medical stories of 2017 was met with bored indifference. The death rate from Alzheimer’s Disease rose a whopping 55% from 1999 to 2014. It is now the 6th leading cause of death, 5th leading cause in those over 65.
And the 2015 data are even worse.
The rates of the other top causes of death dropped in that time period, except for accidental death mostly caused by overdoses from the opioid crisis. What, no proclaimed Alzheimer’s crisis?
Reading the report shows the allure of Alzheimer’s euthanasia.
It is also a disease that people fear and so are eager to claim as a fate worse than death. Already we see reports of people clamoring for the right to kill their demented relatives. These patients are the ones from whom the medical community has aggressively advocated against using feeding tubes supported by weak medical evidence; adding VSED rights gives an avenue of death beyond the current assisted suicide laws. This is why the death rate for Alzheimer’s is skyrocketing.
Sadly, this is why society will demand euthanasia for these patients. The slippery slope of Assisted Suicide is steep, indeed.
While I blogged about this back in January when the report was released, yesterday’s First Things Euthanasia for Alzheimer’s? article by Wesley J. Smith reminds us of where the Culture of Death continues to lead.