Archbishop: attitudes to elderly people need reshaping

Posted on July 1st, by editor in Caring Times. No Comments

As the percentage of elderly people continues to increase in the United Kingdom, allocating resources to care them may be seen increasingly as a luxury society can ill-afford. This was a major concern expressed by the Archbishop of Canterbury Dr Rowan Williams when he addressed Friends of the Elderly, a charitable provider operating care homes mainly in the South East. Dr Williams, gave a sombre warning that a more permissive approach to euthanasia and assisted suicide in Britain could undermine fundamental commitments to the needs of elderly people. “We hear high levels of anxiety about getting old, anxieties about health, mobility, access to facilities, simple routine care and attention,” said Dr Williams. “We are an ageing population. The percentage of young people in the total population is falling fast, and we have hardly begun to think through what this might mean as far as resource allocation is concerned. Can we envisage a situation in which this could be seen as a good thing? Can we envisage resistin

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