I told him that those things didn’t make him “useless” and that he did contribute to the world around him

But something he said during our conversation disturbed me. I asked how he was doing, and his answer—as it often is—was “Better than I deserve.” But as we talked more, he expressed his frustration that at his age and ability, he was a “useless eater.” I was stunned that he used the term and it’s …

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A Japanese professor at Yale floats the idea of mass suicide for the elderly

Yusuke Narita is surfing the Zeitgeist of an ageing, sclerotic society which is fraying at the edges. By Michael Cook With a fertility rate of about 1.3 children per woman and a third of the population over 65, it seems inevitable that some Japanese should begin thinking about institutionalized euthanasia. One out of five people live …

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Québec Covid-19 inquest uncovers nursing home deaths from abuse and neglect.

By Alex Schadenberg, Executive Director, Euthanasia Prevention Coalition [EPC] A report by Tu Thanh Ha that was published in the Globe and Mail on September 14 reports on testimony concerning the Herron nursing home in the suburb of Dorval in Montréal. The report indicates that Covid was cited as the cause of death at the …

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Britons have discriminatory attitudes towards the elderly

By Michael Cook  Editor’s note. This latest in our reposts of stories that appeared a year ago in NRL News Today is a reminder that “Attitudes to ageing are overwhelmingly negative” in the UK. But what are our attitudes?  People over 60 are more affected by the coronavirus and most deaths have been of people …

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Abandoning the Elderly in Belgium

By John Stonestreet with Roberto Rivera A recent report by the Belgian affiliate of Amnesty International contained an elephant-sized irony that neither Amnesty International nor much of the media seemed to notice. With the title “Nursing Home Blind Spots,” the report claims that the human rights of nursing and rest-home residents were violated during Belgium’s …

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International Day of Older Persons focuses on pandemic

By Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Global Outreach 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. This year’s theme—“Pandemics: Do they change how …

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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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