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UK Attitude Toward Elderly “Uncivilized”



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The UK Health Minister is urging that neighborhood watch groups care for the local elderly. From the Telegraph story:

Norman Lamb warned that Britain’s attitude to the elderly was “uncivilised” and said the public must acknowledge that pensioners living nearby need their help. He wants neighbourhood watch groups to apply for “care status” and suggested that they could help wash and feed pensioners as well as provide companionship.

The plans, which have the approval of senior Government figures and have been welcomed by Neighbourhood Watch leaders, would help to reduce the number of pensioners forced into care homes, the Liberal Democrat minister hopes.“The truth is that many people in this day and age live miserable lives,” said Mr Lamb. “If someone lives on their own and has substantial care needs, and the extent of their life is getting out of bed, getting washed, sitting in a chair and going back to bed, with no one to see during the day, that is a miserable life.

That’s what churches used to do when families couldn’t. But anti-Christianity extracts a toll. With faith dying on the vine, what will take its place?



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