Tag: end of life

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 »

Euthanasia bill ‘dangerous’ – Palliative care workers

by Emma Hatton, Radio New Zealand, 27 April 2018 The Netherlands, Belgium and Canada are some of the countries where euthanasia has been legalised. But, Professor MacLeod said there was no place yet, where the law provided absolute safety to those who were vulnerable. “There is no jurisdiction anywhere across the world that has produced a… Read more »

Positive and Negative Medical Developments

by Professor Michael Kennedy, Australian Medical Association, 14 March 2018 Frequently, patients suffering from neuromuscular degenerative diseases appear in the media supporting euthanasia. The eminent neurologists John Walton and Roger Bannister were among the strongest public and at committee level opponents of euthanasia legislation. There are many drugs now in the clinical trial stage that may… 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 »

What happens when a patient says, ‘Doc, help me die’

by E. Wes Ely, CNN, 20 March 2018 I pulled a chair next to his bed so we could talk at eye level. His face was blank. “I want euthanasia. I’m going to die soon, so what’s the point of living longer? I’m just wasted space.” I felt nauseated. The illegality of euthanasia was not what… Read more »

Nurses’ unique perspectives on end-of-life choices must be heard

by Taumihau Teremoana, Nursing Review, 1 February 2018 The topic of end-of-life care without fail brings up the “ineffectiveness” or “effectiveness” of our palliative and hospice Services. I would like to weigh in on this argument as a registered nurse who has seen for seven years the direct impact of resourcing on the delivery of patient services…. Read more »