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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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 stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last ten months. I lead an adult …

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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 appeared on Mr. Russell’s blog and is reposted with permission. June 15 was World Elder Abuse Awareness Day. Timed …

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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 with the death of an 81-year-old ventilator dependent resident of the A. Holly Patterson Extended Care Facility in …

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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 stories our readers have told us they especially liked over the last five months. This first ran May …

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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 for their siblings and even for the grandkids. Earlier this week I had coffee with one member of …

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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 busy physician caring for older adults will encounter a victim of such abuse on a frequent basis, regardless …

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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 materials to assist patients in implementing their own values 1 (“Advance care planning” refers to counseling potential patients …

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