“Medicine is keeping more and more people alive, all requiring more and more care. Alzheimer’s and other dementias place a huge care burden on the country, a burden that falls initially on the next of kin, who may even be elderly and, indeed, be in need of some sort of care themselves.”

“If I knew that I could die, I would live. My life, my death, my choice.”

Read an edited extract of Terry Pratchett’s Richard Dimbleby lecture, Shaking Hands With Death, which was broadcast on BBC1 on 1 February, here on the Guardian website >>>

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