older person and depression

A reader commented this week and wrote:

…I wish my dad would go on dialysis, but..he is refusing, he just got out of Hospital yesterday after having a heart attack, his kidneys are only 16 percent. i am so worried, I wish he would give it a chance.

I responded: “After all he’s been through, he probably asking himself if it’s worth it. I went through the same and I have friends who have had to answer that too. It might help if you offer him some reasons to stick around and also help him resolve his possible fears and concerns about enduring the treatment.”

Then I got to thinking about this and figured it would be a good topic to write about.  In my posting “Dialysis and Depression“,  l mention  meeting a fellow who was considering not starting dialysis because he was 57 years old and…

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