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 …Continue reading "I told him that those things didn’t make him “useless” and that he did contribute to the world around him"
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 …Continue reading "A Japanese professor at Yale floats the idea of mass suicide for the elderly"
That the human being at the very, very beginnings of her life’s journey is not only the same baby you will hold in your hands nine months later but is also the same human being as she approaches the end of a long life. The Circle of Life: a gorgeous 4-minute video journey from infancy …Continue reading "The Circle of Life"
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 …Continue reading "Québec Covid-19 inquest uncovers nursing home deaths from abuse and neglect."
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 …Continue reading "Britons have discriminatory attitudes towards the elderly"
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 …Continue reading "Abandoning the Elderly in Belgium"
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 …Continue reading "International Day of Older Persons focuses on pandemic"
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 …Continue reading "UK bureaucrats imposed DNR orders on nursing homes: report"
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 …Continue reading "Alzheimer’s Disease and Marketing Death"
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 …Continue reading "Euthanasia is the worst form of elder abuse"
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, …Continue reading "Britons have discriminatory attitudes towards the elderly"
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 …Continue reading "The privilege of remembering for both of us: a grandmother’s journey through Alzheimer’s"