Cristina Odone has what some may call a thought-provoking article in the Telegraph, the topic of which is assisted suicide, in which she would appear to not understand those that opt to take their own lives - and writes:
"People are opting out of ageing just as research shows that, surprisingly, most old people are more contented in their final years than at any other time."
Odone notes also that:
"Economists at Duke University, North Carolina, recently asked a group of 70-year-olds and a group of 30-year-olds about their well-being: the older cohort felt happier and more optimistic than the younger lot."
I am forced to ask just who the hell this woman, only born in 1960, thinks she is that she can pass an opinion on how those 30/40/50 years older than her feel and think - and pontificate on the decision to end a life that is not hers?
Old age ends in many forms: some people are able to live healthy, active lives in old age and, mercifully for them, are fortunate to collapse and die in a matter of seconds. For others their end is not so fortunate, often resulting in years of pain and the enforced indignity of not being able to ''look after themselves'. Of the latter category there are two main types; those whose bodies are failing but whose minds are 'razor sharp'; and those where both body and mind fail to the extent they know not who or where they are, nor why.
Watching my mother, who will be 100 early this December, suffering the mental torment and unhappiness that her physical inability imposes on her and pleading that she be allowed to die, is not easy to handle on a personal level, let alone for her. That is why I get so annoyed, nay incandescent, with the likes of Odone, politicians and bureaucrats deciding on matters affecting the elderly when they haven't the faintest idea of the problems - and please don't start me on the subject of "researchers"...........
Afterthought: Yes Ms. Odone, the elderly probably are happier than the young because they know that they do not have much longer to endure what is fast becoming a hell-hole, one being created by politicians and their 'satellites' - the all-knowing bureaucrats and pseudo-journalists!
Afterthought (2) My apologies for what is a very personal rant!