This directive does not address nutrition and feeding, a topic which remains controversial. Some people are choosing no “medicalized” feeding (no thickened liquids or nutritional shakes) and/or no spoon feeding.
The developer of this directive advises it be completed before mild cognitive impairment develops. Even at this stage, people can have difficulty imagining their future selves.
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