Friday, May 12, 2017

The next murderous fad: killing grandmom (religion issue)

I often agree with the Pope, but he and his minions spread confusion by condeming "rigid" folks who follow the rules while winking at those who openly break church law.

I mean, when Irish hospitals agree to abort children and Belgian hospitals are killing the handicapped, to go along with the government policies, where is Pope Francis?

Yes he condemns these things once in awhile, but shouldn't he be out there ranting and raving against this, like he ranted against Donald Trump for saying he'd stop illegal immigration?

Again, confusion in the ranks from a weak leader. Yes, I know: The press doesn't report these things.

But I don't see him using his tweet account to blast it, as trumpie boy tends to do to get through the bias of the MSM...

Then there is an article about Belgium. Again a confused church is behind this horror.

Alas, killing grandmom is becoming the norm in many places, and if you think you are safe in the USA, think again.

GayCaswell remarks on Canada. She is a metis who lives in an indigenous area, and tends toward emotional writing, but this one made me wonder if she is over the top again:

Now that the law has been passed the advocates are more truthful . The Canadian Medical Association who initially opposed euthanasia has assessed the cost saved of pushing people into death before their time, that is killing them early.
Really, Mrs Caswell? Getting a bit paranoid now, aren't we?

UH OH: Yes, really: from the CBC:

Medically assisted deaths could save millions in health care spending: Report Across Canada, journal calculates up to $136.8 M in savings

and bbefore you smirk, the ever so pro death NEJM published a similar study by one of the ethicists behind Obamacare. And this was in 1998, yet Obama let him help write the health care bill....

The problem of aging will get worse, not because there will be more people over 65, but because there are fewer young people to care for them.

Sense of Events discusses how a growing norm is retired people caring for their aging parents.

As a minister I deal with this situation more frequently than I wish I did. Only here in the U.S., the separation is not from compulsion but from necessity. One spouse becomes physically or mentally unable to live at home because of the constancy and level of care required. So the healthier spouse finally accedes to the other being moved to a care facility. But this is always a wrenching decision.
the physical problems are not the main problem: It is the mental problems of senility that cause burnout.

I hope you can understand the impact when a near-elderly child visits an elderly mother or father and the parent has no idea who they are. Or when the parent's mental state is so literally demented that s/he yells and curses at them without ceasing (I have witnessed this). And I hope you can understand when, after this happens for months or even many years on end, the gray-headed son or daughter lapses into depression because they can't stand the helpless, now-unknowable person the parent has become, and because the gray-headed son or daughter had always imagined that their retirement years would be far more "golden" than they turned out to be.


maybe someone needs to find a medication for this? Psychotropic medication does work but increases the death rate and can make them into zombies, so you have to watch the dose. Most of the Alzheimer medicines are seeking to slow the progression of symptoms, so really aren't a big help.

I was lucky: Lolo got weaker only in the last two years of his live, and mildly forgetful, but he always stayed sweet. And we could care for him in the home thanks to servants and extended family.

Ironically, many Filipinos go to nursing school so they can migrate overseas for paying jobs. And if they can't get a job as a nurse, they become caregivers, as are our relatives in the UK.

In Japan, they limit foreigners, so are working on robot caregivers.

more HERE.

Yeah. Lifting a weak person is one of the major problems when caring for a sick or elderly person: many nurses end up with back problems. There are "lifts" that look like a hoist, but a robot is more user friendly than the mechanical contraptions.

it might be awhile until we have a nice, sympathetic robot caregiver.

here in the Philippines, families still care for their own, despite the fact that often both parents have to work and often have to find a job overseas. The grandparents and extended family raise the kids but agains our birth rate is falling, so what happens in 20 to 30 years?

Yet people do sacrifice to help each other.

Even in the USA, which is usually seen as rich and selfish, the number of family caregivers is huge.

Approximately 39.8 million caregivers provide care to adults (aged 18+) with a disability or illness or 16.6% of Americans. [Coughlin, J. (2010).
 About 15.7 million adult family caregivers care for someone who has Alzheimer's disease or other dementia.
The value of services provided by informal caregivers has steadily increased over the last decade, with an estimated economic value of $470 billion in 2013, up from $450 billion in 2009 and $375 billion in 2007. 

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