It’s become more widely known the executive functioning, the decision making area, part of the brain is affected with LBD and other forms of Dementia.
People with the first stages of Alzheimers and other Dementias also have limited abilities and one might argue distorted executive level abilities that should not be used for actions of this kind.
Just because someone may be seen as closer to that "end of life" stage, should this allow our society to condone using Seniors in Long Term Care Facilities as "lab rats"?
TRANSPARENCY. FULL DISCLOSURE. SUNSHINE LAWS.
NOTE: The statement above about being "fully informed". Seniors are generally in Long Term Care because the majority of them cannot provide their own daily life needs and one of these is medications.
Yes, they can be self administered, if the facility finds the patient is "capable", but change a resident's medicine and see how many actually inquire about: dosages, side effects, expected results including cure or control and other effects.
Some people will undoubtedly see this as a "breakthrough" and a "way for those in the last part of life to contribute". In an altruistic world I'd agree.
Unfortunately, Long Term Care facilities are few and far between that have the medical ability to monitor some experimental research programs.
At the very least, these programs should be fully disclosed to the general public as they involve individuals who are 24/7 influenced and managed by the people who could directly benefit from an experimental study and because there should be no "hidden" parts of Long Term Care that could influence an informed choice.