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Sunday, October 19, 2008


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Carol D. ODell

It's true. Our elders (and our youth) are denegrated in medical care. They are not treated with honor--realizing their intelligence--and seeing past the trappings of disease and age. I was my mother's full-time caregiver during the last three years of her life--and she never went to a doctor's office or hospital without me. I know she wouldn't not have been repsected or listened to--I also know firsthand they would have (and tried to on several occasions) to give her tests and surgeries she nor I were willing to have, felt she needed, that she could even survive!
Family, friends, and health advocates have to be there and intervene--and yes, hopefully, as the boomers continue to march toward their own golden years--the tide will turn. There will be so many elders that maybe their voices (and pocketbooks) will be heard.

~Carol O'Dell

Author of Mothering Mother: A Daughter's Humorous and Heartbreaking Memoir
available on Amazon

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