Category Archives: Elderly

Left to suffer: Treat elder abuse as a human rights violation, not just task force fodder

If this were a backlog of 25,000 reports about schoolchildren, the governor would be calling out the National Guard. By Scott Fischbach, Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Editor’s note. This appeared over the weekend in

MCCL calls for immediate measures to address care crisis at facilities for elderly, disabled

News report highlights urgent need for proper care, funding to protect vulnerable citizens MINNEAPOLIS — The state’s largest pro-life organization is calling on public officials to take immediate action to stem the abuse crisis raging at care

All the richer for having the privilege of remembering for both of us

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through August 25. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the

Elder abuse is a clear and present danger in the euthanasia debate

An Australian report underscores the seriousness of the problem By Paul Russell, Director HOPE, Preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide Editor’s note. Paul Russell is director of HOPE: preventing euthanasia & assisted suicide, which is based in Australia. This

Three arrested in New York death of ventilator-dependent resident

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition In a December 28th press release, Eric Schneiderman, the Attorney General of New York, announced the arrest of two registered nurses and a certified nurse aide in connection

Inherent dignity, Alzheimer’s, and the human person’s right to life

By Dave Andrusko Editor’s note. My family and I will be on vacation through September 6. I will occasionally add new items but for the most part we will repost “the best of the best” — the

A grandmother’s journey through Alzheimer’s: The privilege of remembering for both of us

By Dave Andrusko I lead an adult Sunday school class and many of the members have parents who are aging rapidly and/or in declining health. We often talk about what that entails, not only for them, but

10% of elderly Americans abused, says NEJM

By Michael Cook Doctors need to be able to recognize the tell-tale signs of elder abuse, according to the New England Journal of Medicine, because about 10% of the elderly experience some form of abuse. “Thus, a

National Right to Life Urges Congress to Block Obama Administration Proposal Whose Effect Would “Nudge” Senior Citizens to Agree to Premature Death

WASHINGTON – The National Right to Life Committee is urging Congressional action to keep an Obama Administration proposal to pay doctors for “advance care planning” in Medicare from taking effect, and instead to provide for balanced, neutral

CA Judge: Nursing Homes Can’t Make Medical Decisions

By Wesley J. Smith This is very good. A California judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to permit nursing homes to make medical decision on behalf of their incompetent patients. From the Kaiser Health News story:

Tax dollars could be spent to “nudge” older people to agree to premature death under Senate bill

By Burke J. Balch, J.D., director, Powell Center for Medical Ethics at the National Right to Life Committee Last week, U.S. Senators Mark R. Warner (D-Va.) and Johnny Isakson (R-Ga.) introduced S. 1549, the Care Planning Act

Elder abuse rings alarm bells in New Zealand

By Marcus Roberts In New Zealand the following report has not seemed to generate much media interest although it is extremely troubling and also extremely relevant to the euthanasia debate which is simmering away in the background.