Alzheimer's and DNR
My husband is 65 with Alz symptoms for past 5-6 years. He had a heart attack in 2013 and last year, cardiac arrest with a pacemaker inserted. His short term memory, executive functioning and vocabulary have decreased a lot in the past year. However, he still is pleasant, can shower, dress himself and groom with reminders of the next step. He can’t work anything mechanical. With his history of cardiac problems, I’m thinking about getting a DNR for him. I have Durable and Medical POA. I’ve talked to him about it, but I don’t think he realizes that another cardiac event could be in the near future. As we all know, each one of these types of events makes them worse. He was diagnosed with Alz at Mayo and tried Aricept, but had severe GI reactions and was taken off due to early kidney disease. He’s been through a lot medically in the past 10 years. Is it too early to be thinking about a DNR?