Your Say

Dying with Dignity

IN response to Brent Wright (The Examiner, September 19). Firstly, my heart goes out to you your late father, your mum and family for the needless suffering. Secondly, anyone who cares or has an ounce of humanity would not want to see anyone suffering. I am sure many die alone this way instead of with family surrounded by love and with dignity. A person is born with solely their own mind and body and should have to right to make whatever choice is right for them and their loved ones. The saddest thing is in this world they feel it is inhumane for an animal to suffer (which it is) but a human being  is not given the same rights of end to suffering.   I support dying with dignity, the only reason I can think of that this is not in practice is the medical costs would be stopped and no one can gain financially with cruel, senseless ongoing treatment that has no hope of ending in a healthy life. 

Susan Goebel, Invermay.

Dementia Awareness

DURING Dementia Awareness Month, which runs throughout September, Alzheimer’s Australia Tasmania is calling for greater awareness and understanding of dementia so people living with the condition feel less isolated and alone. There are more than 353,000 Australians with dementia and an estimated 1.2 million people involved in the care of someone with dementia. A survey just released by Alzheimer’s Australia has found that people with dementia are almost twice as likely to have high rates of loneliness compared to the general public. We hear repeatedly that when someone is diagnosed with dementia, friendships and some family relationships suddenly disappear because people simply don’t know how to interact with their friend or loved one with dementia. Treating people with the same respect, kindness, inclusiveness and thoughtfulness you always have is what makes a difference to them. They are still the same person they were before the diagnosis. They just may need a little bit more time, understanding and support. We encourage you to find out more by going to www.fightdementia.org.au

Tony Reidy, Alzheimer’s Tasmania chief executive

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