Archive for the ‘Ageing’ Category

The Ethics of Pain Management

Currently, elderly patients comprise the fastest growing segment of the world’s population. The number of people worldwide 65 years and older was estimated at 506 million as of 2008 and by 2040 will increase to 1.3 billion. As patients age, the incidence and prevalence of certain pain syndromes increase. One example is Japan. Because its population is aging and cancer is the number one cause of death, Japan leads the world in consumption of painkillers.

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The Elderly and Loneliness Epidemic: A 2020 Update

Dear Friends for Life: 

The problem of loneliness among the elderly continues as a growing problem around the world. The COVID-19 pandemic contributes to the number of older adults who are socially isolated including both community-dwelling older adults and nursing home residents. Many countries have issued stay-at-home orders and banned visits for nursing home residents. Excluding the COVID-19 pandemic, the number of over-50s experiencing loneliness in Britain alone is set to reach two million by 2025/6. This compares to around 1.4 million in 2016/7 – a 49% increase in 10 years.  In Britain and the United States, roughly one in three people older than 65 live alone. In the United States, half of those older than 85 live alone. In Japan, the number of elderly people aged 65 or older accounts for 28.4 percent of the 126.4 million total population. This will reach a third by 2050. China, India, Singapore, South Korea and other countries are facing similar problems.

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Look Closer, See Me!

elderly01Dear Friends for Life:   As you know, being involved in Pro Life work does not just mean to be against abortion, infanticide and euthanasia. It means that we should have real concern for the lives of others. There is new group appearing in many countries who we must remember and love. These are the older ones among us whose bodies are crumbling. Continue reading

The Slippery Slope Continues

Dear Friends for Life:   During the past month, the media has bombarded us with the sympathetic story of Brittany Maynard, the 29-year-old newlywed with aggressive brain cancer. Lots of emotions floating around between pros and cons. What’s next? Continue reading

Abandonment of the elderly

images-4(5)Dear Friends for Life:   Recently, thousands of senior citizens came to Rome for a special get-together with Pope Francis. They listened as the Pope shared reflections on the importance, the struggles, and the beauty of old age. He said, “Old age, in particular, is a time of grace.” Continue reading