Tag: elderly

Why Ageism Never Gets Old

by Tad Friend, The New Yorker, 20 November 2017 “Ageism” was coined in 1969, two years after the Federal Discrimination in Employment Act set forty as the lower bound at which workers could complain of it. The upper bound continues to rise: the average life span grew more in the twentieth century than in all previous… Read more »

The dangerous ideology of ‘rational suicide’

by Michael Cook, MercatorNet, 11 May 2018 Although Dr Goodall was healthy enough, considering his age, he did not seem well supported in day-to-day life. The turning point for him seemed to be a fall in his one-bedroom flat. Although he did not break any bones, he was unable to get up from the floor… Read more »

What does euthanasia mean for those who want to live?

by James Eglinton, The Sunday Herald, 17 May 2018 A society that legalises it automatically creates a new pair of choices for all of its citizens. These choices – to stop living, or to carry on living – are both novelties occasioned by the legalisation of euthanasia. If the terminally ill are granted the right to… Read more »

When it comes to ageism, are we fighting a losing battle?

by Catherine Foot, Centre for Ageing Better, 1 May 2017 Ageism is the last socially normal, socially acceptable form of prejudice. It’s been internalised, ingrained in us. It’s the last taboo. People tend to think of ageing in terms of loss: whether it’s of loved ones; physical and mental capability; or independence, identity and sense… Read more »

Lives are precious, don’t let anyone tell you otherwise

The New Zealand Herald, 28 February 2018 Most older people I know, like me, forget names, lose their keys, and fairly often can’t find things they know they put somewhere. They have aches and pains and don’t enjoy them, don’t have their youthful libido, and may not feel confident climbing up ladders any more, but… Read more »

Assisted dying laws pose a grave risk to the vulnerable

by Joel Hodge, The Age, 7 September 2017 Joel Hodge is a senior lecturer in the School of Theology at Australian Catholic University. In a study of states with euthanasia law, published in Current Oncology, Dr J. Pereira writes that “laws and safeguards are regularly ignored and transgressed in all the jurisdictions and that transgressions are… Read more »

People near the end of life need the same protection as children

by Tony Walter, The Conversation, 7 September 2017 Tony Walter is a Professor of Death Studies at the University of Bath. But in many societies, the approach to end of life care requires us to continue as active and responsible citizens for as long as our mental capacities allow – to make choices about what kind of… Read more »