Dementia, already known as “second childhood,” should be legally redefined as “second fetushood,” given that end-stage Alzheimer’s patients often retreat into a fetal position caused by joint contractions.
Just as a pregnancy may threaten the health and welfare of the woman, an Alzheimer’s patient also poses a danger to the caregiver. In one study, long-term caregivers of dementia relatives were found to have significant levels of infectious illness, particularly respiratory tract infections, and were also more likely to be clinically depressed.
As caregivers wait for their “right to choose” to be given equal status with a pregnant woman’s “right to choose,” some might seek offshore sanctuary. One could envision, for example, charter flights to the Caribbean where a “second fetushood” could be terminated in a hospice specializing in “final memory care.”
We should not lose this opportunity to create the perfect Circle of Death. Baby boomers who aborted unwanted, expensive burdens will themselves be “aborted” when they become unwanted, expensive burdens. Divine, sublime symmetry.
(Satire. Or not.)