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Where the Best Intervention is No Intervention

Judie Rappaport
July 9, 2015

Dear Judie,

Regarding your August 2 column on intervening when a loved one refuses medical help:  Illness, loss of spouses, friends, and overall diminishment of quality of life are all potential reasons why elders may decide to stop medication and further “treatments”. I believe we need to respect the wishes of elders with sound minds and failing bodies who wish to go no further in life—no matter how painful for their loved ones. Perhaps these are instances where the best “intervention” is no intervention at all.

  • Sharon, Palm City


Dear Sharon,

We agree. It’s critically important that families respect and honor decisions of elders with sound minds who refuse medical care (while hopefully accepting palliative care to ease their discomfort). My column spoke of those who showed their desire to live but died after waiting too long to ask for help, and those who exacerbated their problems, lived with unnecessary pain, and died trying to self-medicate.  



Judie Rappaport, President & Founder
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