Alzheimer's Disease
Starting a conversation on elderly caregiving

To the editor: Plaudits to Amy Goldman Koss for so poignantly sharing how she's easing her near-blind, demented mother through life's final journey. Whether it's with our elderly parents or our own late-life selves, more and more of us will face similar heart-rending challenges. ("From the bedside to the nurses' station, dutiful daughters of the world, take care," Op-Ed, Oct. 11) Sooner or later, many of us will undergo what might be termed end-of-life roulette. The preferred outcome, of course, is to be blessed with long, fulfilling lives that end with a brief, painless decline. But healthcare advances have increased lifespans, making protracted, tortuous...