“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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Pope Francis calls the abandonment of the elderly “tantamount to a hidden euthanasia”

  By Dave Andrusko To put it mildly, a headline that read only, “Pope’s Meeting With the Elderly in St. Peter’s Square” missed all that was special Sunday in a gathering Pope Francis (and his predecessor Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI) had with elderly from around the world. According to the news agency Zenit, on the …

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MCCL GO addresses the rights of older persons at the United Nations

  Editor’s note. MCCL GO is a pro-life NGO global outreach program of the Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life Education Fund. Minnesota Citizens Concerned for Life is NRLC’s state affiliate. NEW YORK, N.Y. — The fifth working session of the Open-ended Working Group on Ageing convened last week at the United Nations. Scott Fischbach, Executive …

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Does National Health Service Abandon Elderly to Cancer Death?

  By Wesley J. Smith Well, this is eyebrow raising. A charity that advocates on behalf of the elderly in the UK is alleging that the NHS [National Health Service] appears to be offering less quality cancer treatment to oldsters than to younger patients. From the Daily Mail story: Pensioners with cancer are being written …

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UK to Keep New Medicines from the Elderly?

  By Wesley J. Smith The UK may soon tighten its health care rationing to prevent new medicines from getting to the elderly. From the Telegraph story: “New drugs would only be licensed for the NHS [National Health Service] if they help those judged to be a benefit to wider society under proposals from the …

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Assisted Suicide’s Deadly Threat to Elderly

By Wesley J. Smith The Sunday Times [of London] has a good editorial out opposing the legalization of assisted suicide in the UK, which is now in the midst of a big policy push seen there every few years.  It is worth reading the whole thing, but I want to focus on two points that …

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Should Doctors Tell the Non Terminal Elderly When They Will Die?

By Wesley J. Smith I find it odd that learned medical commentators would think that octogenarians and nonagenarians would not be aware that their time is growing short.  Of course they do!  Should doctors discuss what elderly patients want in terms of end of life treatment and extensive procedures should they become unable to decide …

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“It is the disabled and poor who will eventually feel pressured to use assisted suicide”

Editor’s note. This is a letter to the editor that appeared in a Vermont newspaper, the Times Argus. Physician-assisted suicide is promoted as a way to prevent human suffering but more often is used by people who are afraid of being a burden to others, loss of dignity and the ability to enjoy life. These …

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