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A Seldom Discussed Legal Issue? The Problem of Smokers with Dementia, by Katherine C. Pearson, Dickinson Law, Penn State, Elder Law Professor Blog


If you are a smoker, then you already know it’s hard to stop. This post discusses something I had never considered. How do you address a smoker who is also an aging family member or friend with Alzheimer’s or dementia?

This is not about whether smoking is bad for your health. Just as folks eventually reach the age where it is not safe to do certain activities, think of what it is like for someone with Alzheimer’s lighting and dropping cigarettes – everywhere. Burns start showing up on the carpet and the favorite chair. Those are certainly dangerous signs, but the scariest scenario is finding burn holes in bed.

This is an excellent post. It also provides links to other posts. For those who practice in elder law or deal with this personally, you will want to read this. -CCE