Tercera Edad (Continuación)

By Jonathan Glover, the author of Choosing Children: the Ethical Dilemmas of Genetic Intervention, and director of the Centre of Medical Law and Ethics at King's College London (THE GUARDIAN, 06/05/06):

The intrusive criticism directed at Dr Patricia Rashbrook for becoming pregnant at 62 insists that her choice is unfair to the child. This is misguided. Suppose it is a disadvantage to have an older mother. If so, adoption agencies may prefer younger women. But fertility treatment is not adoption. The choice for Dr Rashbrook's child is not between having her or some other mother. The alternative is not to be born at all.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Polly Toynbee (THE GUARDIAN, 05/05/06):

Oh yuk! A mother at 63! The woman's a child psychiatrist, shouldn't she know better? How selfish! How grotesque! Here we go, the old war cry goes up again against wicked women who defy nature and refuse to accept their fate. Well, defying nature is often human progress. Mother Nature was never women's (or men's or children's) best friend. Red in tooth and claw, she murdered mothers in childbirth by the million, leaving children orphaned at a tender age as often as not. Kindly nature slaughtered young children in great battalions too. She left great regiments of women infertile, to their despair.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Paul Cann, the director of policy at Help the Aged (THE GUARDIAN, 12/04/06):

Ask anyone how they would like to spend their final days and most will probably say they want to die in quiet, peaceful privacy. Perhaps at home, or in a private hospital or hospice room, surrounded by family.

The reality is otherwise. Too many older people are not getting the kind of death they would want.

The opportunity to go into a hospice or to die at home declines the older you get. Less than one in 10 older people who die from cancer do so in a hospice, compared with one in five cancer sufferers overall.Most…  Seguir leyendo »

By Minette Marrin (THE TIMES, 02/04/06):

Elder abuse is a clumsy American expression meaning hurting old people, physically and emotionally. It is chilling to think this is so common that people in the social care business need a snappy name for it. It’s also chilling to think that political correctness has made such a ridiculous effort to avoid the dread word “old”, as if it were a kind of obscenity. “Elder” indeed.

This past week has dispelled any fading doubts I might have had that wilfully abusing old people was common. We seem to have moved quickly from a society where ties between generations were strong to a culture of institutionalised elder abuse.…  Seguir leyendo »

By Janice Turner (THE TIMES, 01/04/06):

VISITING AN OLD people’s home is a horrible experience. Even a well-run, expensive one, where corridors only smell faintly of wee, the attendants are solicitous and residents are encouraged to finish dinner before it’s swept into the bin. Even the homes where the elderly are not rough-housed, drugged into docility or just left to stare at the telly ten hours a day are scary and depressing. Even the fancy ones seem to stick the frail 90-year-old Times-crossword solver among the gurgling, rocking dementia patients. Because they’re all the same, old people. They’re all, well .…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Enrique Arias Vega, periodista (EL PERIÓDICO, 27/01/06):

Recibo una llamada del prolífico escritor y teólogo Enrique Miret Magdalena, a punto de sacar otro libro más: La religión del siglo XXI. "Ya has cumplido los 90, ¿no?", le pregunto. "Tengo 92", me corrige, como si fuese lo más natural del mundo publicar libros a su edad. Pues no me extraña. Mientras otros han arrojado la toalla hace tiempo, Enrique conserva una perenne vivacidad intelectual. Hace dos años nos dio su receta en una lúcida y argumentada obra editada por Espasa Calpe: Cómo ser mayor sin hacerse viejo. Explicaba entonces que la fórmula consiste en mantener una cabeza permanentemente activa y no jubilar nuestras neuronas antes de tiempo.…  Seguir leyendo »

Por Manuel Jiménez de Parga, presidente del Tribunal Constitucional (ABC, 08/10/03):

Va mejorándose la protección jurídica de los españoles que alcanzan la edad superior. Los abuelos podrán mantener la relación con los nietos aunque los padres de éstos se separen o divorcien. La posible nulidad de un matrimonio no afectará a los vínculos afectivos de quienes fueron (y son) abuelos y nietos. El legislador no quiere quedarse atrás como se quedaron, vista la presente realidad social, los autores de la Constitución de 1978.

Es cierto que hace 25 años no se daba la importancia que hoy se da al alargamiento de la vida.…  Seguir leyendo »