Friday 9 December 2016

Our elderly deserve much better than the way we treat them

Published 13/06/2015 | 02:30

"We now, more than ever, need to take stock of our relationship with the elderly population"

We have seen in recent years how some of our elderly have been treated so appallingly in some homes and establishments, and indeed recently in some of our hospitals, where they have been left to languish for hours.

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We have also seen how some governments have tried to slash the old age pension and medical card schemes. Some elderly people that I know say they feel ignored, under-valued and disrespected. This is a very sad commentary on our modern world.

Our society tends to be obsessed with ideas of newness, youth and progress. Scientific studies tell us how to do everything, from the way we raise our children to what we need to eat for breakfast.

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