Tag: end of life

Fear of dying should not lead to dangerous legal changes

by Ilora Finlay, The Economist, 21 August 2018 We should not forget that laws are more than just regulatory instruments. They also send powerful social messages. An assisted dying law sends the subliminal message, however unintended by legislators, that if we are terminally ill taking our own lives is something we should consider. Changing the social… Read more »

In Life’s Last Moments, Open a Window

by Dr Rachel Clarke, The New York Times, 8 September 2018 “When you come to the end of your life, you get the sense that you don’t want to lose yourself, you want to be able to pass something on,” she told me later. “When I had whole brain radiotherapy, I felt as though something had… 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 »

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 »