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Tuesday, August 26, 2014

Caring for Family Members That are Having Difficulty Eating

Hospital BedWhen elderly family members are no longer able to eat, it creates a difficult situation and decision for their families. Difficulties with eating in old age can lead to health problems such as pneumonia and frequent trips to the hospital. A feeding tube is an option considered by many families in such a situation, which can assist with the delivery of nutrients, but can also cause additional medical complications and create distance between the older individual and their loving family. The decision of whether to continue to feed family members near the end of life by hand or feeding tube is a difficult decision.

See Jessica Nutik Zitter, M.D., Food and the Dying Patient, The New York Times, Aug. 21, 2014.

Special thanks to Matthew Bogin (Law Offices of Matthew B. Bogin) for bringing this article to my attention.

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