Our Elders

July 26, 2017

Mayor Iveson announces his bid for reelection for 2017.

He does so suggesting
“the economy is going to be my top priority”.

This with no mention of the effects of the the generational transition we are within and already not able to manage. The aging, and thus retirement of this generation is going to impose a burden financially and otherwise that will in every way effect opportunity for growth. The shortcomings that already exist are barely manageable and we are at best at the beginning of any major demand. The financial and human resources required to manage this event in the most basic ways are not even being discussed.

For every homeless person in Edmonton there are 10 or more seniors living in conditions that are not acceptable by any standard. That number will double in the next ten years. These people live in absolute distress. They’re dying of starvation, they’re dying from prescription errors, their dying of septic shock a result of infection from an unattended wound, they’re dying of loneliness. Often dying alone.

These people are Native Folks, these people are Black Folks, these people are Asian Folks, these people are Gay Folks, these people are Religious and Non Religious Folks, there are even a few Straight White Folks in those numbers. These are people that have been somewhat and in most cases completely abandoned by their families, and communities. These are people living in care centers, assisted living and with assistance in their own homes. They are now and will become completely dependent on the resources that should be available, but are already overburdened.

We must begin to engage this potential catastrophe, or the province better be ready with another pill to provide for free.

August 14, 2017

The Netherlands has however been debating a proposed extension of euthanasia laws which would give all over-75s the right to assisted suicide.

A part of the solution at the civic level is to work with post secondary education (by virtue of research grants), medical professionals and community members already working hard to develop policies and practices that may alleviate at least a small portion of what is about to come. We must bring to the attention of the community that this must become a major focus of our efforts to improve the management of resources in a very short time.