Symptoms And Treatment Of Alzheimer 's Disease Essay

789 Words Apr 17th, 2016 4 Pages
Alzheimer’s disease is obviously a terrifying disease to anyone in their early stages. No rational person on the planet would be comfortable in knowing that their brain tissue would significantly deteriorate over the process of the rest of their life. That being said, does this disease justify the elective termination of one’s life? In my personal opinion, no. Alzheimer’s disease is neither considered a terminal disease, nor has been known to cause pain and suffering for the individual with the disease. In Ms. Reese’s case, she is understandably worried and depressed about the progression of the disease. However, depression and fear have not, do not, and will never morally justify death. First, let’s analyze the balance of benefit and harm of this case. Ms. Reese will soon be entering a state of dependence in which either her loved ones or a facility will have to monitor her for the remainder of her life. Most people despise becoming an imposition, or burden, on others, and Ms. Reese may very well consider this a significant negative. It is unknown what Ms. Reese believes about the afterlife, however, many believe, including myself, that she would much more comfortable in her future state. That being said, this benefit in exclusively based on whether or not Ms. Reese believes in life after death. Therefore, in terms of what is absolutely known, Ms. Reese, though becoming almost exclusively dependent on caretakers for the rest of her life, would be better of alive.…

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