Skip to comments.Alex Schadenberg: Oregon citizen wants assisted suicide for people with Alzheimer's
Posted on 02/02/2011 3:59:10 PM PST by wagglebee
People like Winn WANT the slippery slope.
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Rodger Winn ought to DEMONSTRATE for us what this means ~ just give him some pills and a bottle of pristine mountain water ~ he chugalugs it all down ~ we’ll be the judge of whether or not it works.
I know of a woman who bragged that she sat by and watched her own father being killed because he had Alzheimer’s. People were shocked at her attitude, and she was surprised that everyone didn’t praise her for it. Later, she became her mother’s care giver when her mother developed Alzheimer’s. When her mother died, she was very quiet about the circumstances. I’ve often wondered.
I’ve noticed that people who support killing off vulnerable people usually have personal reasons for that support.
This is evil.
My grandma had alzheimer’s. We let her disease run it’s course, as awful as it was. And she died with me in her bed snuggled up to her as she drew her last breath. I hated how out of it she was, and I know she would have been embarrassed if she had any clue how she behaved in those final days. But I’m not God. Neither is my dad; there was never any talk of “pillow treatment” or anything like that So, we just had to deal with the cross we were given to carry. And that’s what we did. She was treated with respect & dignity until she died a NATURAL DEATH.
Death is rarely dignified; but dignity is the way we live and a large part of that is treating the dying with dignity. There is NO dignity is hastening a person's death.
Death is almost always painful, in various ways. Love and respect, like that shared by your family, helps to mitigate some of that pain. Killing only magnifies the pain. The best any of us can hope for is to be surrounded by loving people when our time here is done.
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Please everyone, Pray for Oregon. It may well be the most messed up state in the Union.
I am not a supporter of euthanasia at all, but I’ve been grappling with a difficult question lately.
People are living longer with today’s medical care, but not necessarily healthier. In many cases, it seems that we’re just spending money to keep people with irreversible medical conditions alive another week (so to speak).
I mean, what’s the point of living to one’s 80s or 90s if you’re in such poor condition? Some enjoy excellent health into their old age, but all too many don’t.
If living to 100 means that I’m senile, have poor mobility, bad hearing, or anything like that, and can’t enjoy life or contribute anything productive to society, forget about it. I’d rather just go at 70 of a quick heart attack or whatever.
People who are mentally impaired are not able to make decisions regarding life and death. This is wrong from every possible perspective.
I hope that as you continue to grapple with all of the questions and issues of life you will find that it is as precious as it is short. May God bless you, FRiend.
Right to Die = Duty to Die
There’s a strange detachment there, which seems to be more widespread in our society than might have seemed possible twenty or thirty years ago.
“A heart attack is not the same as “assisted suicide”
That’s true; it’s not. William F. Buckley got it right, in my opinion. Had a quick heart attack while writing a column for his magazine. Not a bad way to go.
“we often find that reading a good book, going to a good movie, or sitting in the garden at twilight with a friend or loved one over a cup of tea or a glass of wine can be as wonderful as those things that we enjoyed as children and young adults.”
You can enjoy that if you’re in good health, not if you’re suffering all kinds of debilitating medical conditions.
Do you know that half of all medical expenditures in the United States are for persons over the age of 75?
“I hope that as you continue to grapple with all of the questions and issues of life you will find that it is as precious as it is short. May God bless you, FRiend.”
This particular question has really been nagging at me lately. Given that we’re all going to die eventually, it would be better to be healthy and active to the end. Unfortunately, all too many are not.
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