Let me present you with some food for thought.
We have an ancient acquaintance (in her 90’s) who still lives and works on her land, doing all kinds of work by hand (like the old days); who has been –naturally — getting tired.
She has been put into hospital against her will.
“They” (the people in the medical INDUSTRY) think she has cancer, but lo and behold, they CAN’T FIND ANY! What an enormous surprise, eh? But you can almost be sure they WILL “find” some because they’ll need to have a “reason” to radiate her and outright poison her with chemo drugs — “for her own good”, of course!!
Did they even pause to consider her desires? She wants to be at home, working in her garden. And why shouldn’t she be where she’s happy, at this time of her life? Why should she be incarcerated in a hospital against her will, possibly only to die by unnecessary medical intrusions, when she could be doing what makes her happy until she dies a natural death from plain OLD AGE!?
And to make it worse for her, she speaks no English, so not only is she unwillingly imprisoned, but she is completely isolated from everyone around her, all day long.
Poor dear, hard-working lady, who deserves to be treated more lovingly, after all she has done in her life for others…
Do you think this situation could be rightfully considered “elder abuse”?
And you may be wondering why I use terminology more suited to prisons than hospitals. For good reason: hospitals these days ARE prisons.
Don’t believe me? Let me enlighten you…
Last year my son went into hospital; “they” decided he was “mentally ill”; and then threatened him that if he tried to leave before they “released” him, they would call the RCMP and have him arrested. That is prison. When hospitals were not prisons, people could go home if they wanted to. Not anymore.
I would urge younger people to consider these thoughts before taking unwilling elders to hospital. Stop being so selfish, causing them unnecessary suffering because you’re afraid they will die. Well, I have news for you –they will anyways — but wouldn’t you rather have them die with peace and happiness where they are comfortable, instead of filled with anxiety and distress at being imprisoned; not to mention all the painful, humiliating procedures they have to endure in the name of trying to “find” what most likely isn’t even there?
Our elderlies don’t deserve to be imprisoned.