The Vibrant Life of a Man with Early-Stage Dementia Challenges Every Common Assumption

May 9, 2019

(Quartz) – And the prospect of losing oneself, in general, often frightens people far more than the threat of physical pain. In Oregon, one of six US states with laws allowing physician-assisted suicide, only a quarter of the 1,275 terminally people who requested life-ending medications between 1998 and 2017 said they feared uncontrollable pain, according to a recent report in the California Sunday Magazine. A full 90.9% said they feared losing their autonomy. (All states bar dementia patients from accessing life-ending drugs.)