Letter: These Decisions Are Difficult
To the Editor:
I strongly agree with Alan Tanenbaum (“Keep Families Together,” Aug. 28) about the urgent need to address the growing crisis of dementia in our society and around the world. This certainly includes the need to find ways to support individuals living with dementia who desire to stay in their own homes rather than go into some form of residential care.
However, it is also important to recognize and respect the difficult decisions individual families need to make every day in regard to these matters. While society is (hopefully) discussing this, thoughtful and loving people like Al and Marie Esselborn need to do the best they can with the options available to them now. As Marie says, “But we’re thriving. We’re both thriving.”
More power to them.
Robert B. Santulli, M.D.
Director, Dartmouth Memory Clinic
Dartmouth-Hitchcock Medical Center