Most of us aren’t at the point yet when we are thinking about these things — feeding tubes, CPR, and end-of-life care — but it may be beneficial to review some of these decisions and information now with our loved ones.
There’s a book called “Hard Choices for Loving People: CPR, Artificial Feeding, Comfort Care, and the Patient with a Life-Threatening Illness” that may assist in the discussion. You can purchase the book online ($7). At the present time, it looks like you can read it online at no charge. See:
The author, Hank Dunn, a healthcare chaplain, definitely has a point of view, which is that feeding tubes are not appropriate for those with dementia.
Note that “Hard Choices” is available in other languages as well, including Spanish and Chinese.