Posted: 18/03/2015 at 12:14
I'm sorry to read that about your father in law and hope the family got the answers you deserved.
Im still not sure however why it would annoy you for people to talk about someone dying from Alzheimer's disease. Yes the actual cause may end up being pneumonia but that is due to the frailty caused by the Alzheimer's. People need to understand the disease is more than just memory problems, and when someone like TP passes away, especially when he has spoken so openly about his condition, then to not acknowledge that his death was attributable to Alzheimer's ( assuming he didn't have a heart attack or stroke) would be fudging the issue. National statistic apparently show that for the last two years Dementia was the biggest cause of death for women. For men its still heart disease. We need to be clear that dementia is a terminal illness - over time - so we get adequate funding for research and care and people with late stage dementias get the same palliative care as people with other terminal illnesses. I know you will be aware of all the above and i will get off my soapbox.