https://www.washingtonpost.com/opin...ewsletter&wpisrc=nl_personalizedforyou&wpmm=1 About 1 in 4 elderly people will develop dementia. Many of them will be tortured by doctors. I should know: I am one of those doctors. I recently tortured an 88-year-old woman with advanced dementia. Her mind was gone. She didn’t know her own name. Like other advanced dementia patients, she suffered incontinence, aggression, immobility, unaddressed pain and more. Her quality of life was dismal. Her family brought her to the hospital because she had a high fever and was more confused than usual. I knew that she was near her end.