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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CA Judge: Nursing Homes Can’t Make Medical Decisions

By Wesley J. Smith This is very good. A California judge has ruled that it is unconstitutional to permit nursing homes to make medical decision on behalf of their incompetent patients. From the Kaiser Health News story: A California law allowing nursing homes to make medical decisions on behalf of certain mentally incompetent residents is …

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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 of 2015, to use federal tax dollars to pay health care professionals to counsel older people in deciding …

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Elder abuse rings alarm bells in New Zealand

By Marcus Roberts In New Zealand the following report has not seemed to generate much media interest although it is extremely troubling and also extremely relevant to the euthanasia debate which is simmering away in the background. (At the last election in 2014 the opposition Labour party forced one of its MPs to withdraw her …

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Elderly woman dies on floor of her home, son says she “did not want to continue her life, and did not want her son to call for help”

  By Hugh Scher, legal council – Euthanasia Prevention Coalition Editor’s note. This article was first published in Advocate Daily. The case of a Winnipeg man accused of leaving his fallen, elderly mother on the floor of her home where she then died is a “horrifying” example of why a process is needed to ensure …

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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 people’s expectations about growing older and compares them to older adults’ actual experiences. In an age where bureaucrats …

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“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, as the proportion of elderly grows across the globe. So I was really delighted to see a ray …

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