Sad facts: elder abuse in Australia

Excerpt below from an article from The Age (5 February 2011)

AUSTRALIAN nursing homes have reported nearly 4000 sexual and physical assaults against elderly residents over the past three years, raising serious questions about the safety of aged-care facilities.

Read the rest of the article: Assaults against elderly increase in nursing homes.  Paul Russell comments,

Director of The Elder Abuse Prevention Association, Lilian Jeter, estimated that there are a minimum of 100,000 cases in Australia each year with evidence of manipulation and control, intimidation and fear.

I ask a most reasonable question: What is likely to happen if euthanasia & assisted suicide is ever legally available in Australia in relation to Elder Abuse?

I have heard and read pro-euthanasia commentators dismiss these concerns.  Either they’re living in some Utopian dream-world or they simply have no answer to a growing and real problem that shines the light of reason on their dubious agenda.

If someone is manipulating an older person and controlling them to such a degree that they feel powerless to defend themselves and their property, then it is more than simply a theoretic observation to conclude that such contempt for that person could place their very lives in jeopardy.

Read more about the issue of elder abuse on Paul Russell’s (Director of HOPE: Preventing Euthanasia & Assisted Suicide) Elder Abuse – a reality we can not ignore

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