UK bureaucrats imposed DNR orders on nursing homes: report

By Michael Cook  Nursing homes in the UK were asked by government health managers and family doctors to place blanket “Do not resuscitate” (DNR) orders on all residents at the height of the coronavirus pandemic to keep hospital beds free, a report has alleged. The Queen’s Nursing Institute (QNI) surveyed [https://twitter.com/TheQNI] 128 nurses and care …

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Alzheimer’s Disease and Marketing Death

By Nancy Valko Editor’s note. This story from our series of posts from a year back notes (and it remains true) “No state with legalized physician-assisted suicide currently allows lethal overdoses for people with Alzheimer’s or other dementia.” Yet other nations are running pell-mell to legalize assisted suicide for people with diminished cognitive abilities. It …

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Euthanasia is the worst form of elder abuse

By Scott Fischbach, Executive Director, Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach   Today is the United Nations’ 15th annual World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, a time to raise awareness of the abuse and neglect of older persons. As the U.N. explains, it “represents the one day in the year when the whole world voices its …

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Britons have discriminatory attitudes towards the elderly

By Michael Cook  People over 60 are more affected by the coronavirus and most deaths have been of people over 70. With this background, a new study on perceptions of the elderly in the UK makes interesting reading. Attitudes to ageing are overwhelmingly negative, according to a new study by the Centre for Ageing Better, …

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

By Dave Andrusko For more than 25 years I’ve had the privilege of leading an adult Sunday school class. We share “Joys and Concerns” each week and since 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 for …

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Failure to investigate elder abuse in Minnesota “is unacceptable,”MCCL says

Calls for “immediate prioritized and funded action to address all abuse claims in our state.” Editor’s note. Today the (Minneapolis) Star Tribune reported that the Minnesota Department of Health missed its deadline to investigate 150 cases of alleged serious harm or immediate risk of further harm to persons in care facilities. “This is not acceptable,” …

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International Day of Older Persons should put spotlight on equality of people at every age

As world ages, risk of exploitation increases By MCCL GO Today, October 1, is the annual International Day of Older Persons. The celebration was established by the United Nations in 1990 to recognize the importance of older people, the contributions they make to society, and the issues and dangers they face in today’s world. This …

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Being Rich and Famous Doesn’t Protect You from Elder Abuse

Editor’s note. The following article was published by HOPE Australia on May 30 and is reposted with permission. Stan Lee literally made superheroes. A comic book writer, he was responsible for the creation of characters like Spiderman, the X-Men, Iron Man, the Fantastic Four, Thor and the Hulk. Generations and generations of comic book fans …

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How Contemporary Society Promotes Elder Suicide

By Wesley J. Smith I have worried and written about the growing normalization of elder-suicide, brought on in part — obviously, that is not the whole problem — by assisted-suicide advocacy and frequent media applause of such deaths among the elderly. That opinion receives a peer-reviewed boost in the Journal of the American Geriatrics Society. …

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Euthanasia and the danger of Elder Abuse

No reason to believe that adequate safeguards can be put in place for euthanasia Editor’s note. The following article was published Tuesday by HOPE Australia. One of the greatest dangers that we face as Australians, now that euthanasia is legalised in [the state of] Victoria, is making the elderly feel as if they are a …

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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 the [Minneapolis] Star Tribune. Thousands of Minnesotans are abused, neglected and mistreated in care facilities all across our …

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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 facilities. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life (MCCL) urges Gov. Mark Dayton, state lawmakers, the Minnesota Department of Health, …

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