Tag Archives: elderly

An urgent need for palliative care as the world turns grey

By Michael Cook Is the developed world prepared for the avalanche of elderly people who will die of cancer and dementia? A report in the journal BMC Medicine says No. About 75% of people approaching the end

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

By Dave Andrusko I lead an adult Sunday school class which includes a number of people in their late 30s and early 40s. As such there are many stories to share about elderly parents. I continue to

Struggling woman with dementia euthanised in Netherlands

Relatives had to hold her down so that the doctor could give the lethal injection. By Michael Cook A Dutch doctor has been rebuked by a Regional Review Committee after she gave a lethal injection to a

We will help you die of boredom: Dutch govt

Jan Cate is healthy but lonely

‘Completed life’ euthanasia will soon be legalised in the Netherlands By Michael Cook In the 19th Century a statue of Tanonius Marcellinus, consul of Campania (now the region around Naples) was unearthed in the town of Benevento.

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

Should we support the suicidal-elderly, or simply let them jump?

Dr. Avil Henry and Philip Nitschke

By Paul Russell Philip Nitschke is surprised and dismayed that British Police tried to stop a retired English professor from committing suicide at her home near of Exeter in the UK recently. When police attended the home

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

Never A Burden

By Mary Prentis As a twenty-four year old woman, I know it’s very rare to be blessed with three living grandparents. I have fond memories of special nights at their houses, exciting Florida days on their boat,

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

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

Older Americans Have Better Quality of Life Than Younger Americans Predict

  By Micaiah Bilger, Education Director, Pennsylvania Pro-Life Federation I stumbled on an interesting article today about our assumptions about growing old. The Wall Street Journal piece “Why Everything You Think about Aging May Be Wrong” examines

“Alive Inside” and the power of music to arouse the elderly

  A touching documentary asks why so many elderly have been abandoned in dehumanising nursing homes. By Michael Cook Caring for patients with dementia will probably be one of the biggest human dignity issues of our century,