Pitting himself against the ‘American immortal,’ Ezekiel Emanuel famously wrote an account in The Atlantic about why he hopes to die at age 75. His argument focuses on the decline (both mental and physical) that — he posits — inevitably occurs with age: there is despair, depression, and the social and economic costs on families, the healthcare system, and society-at-large. Why put your family through this when you have already lived a full, vibrant life up until 75, he asks?
“The hospitals say ‘we have no pill to treat old age’. We are not made to feel welcome in hospitals. They are impatient with us.” Nora, South Africa “In hospitals, where we have to wait a long time to see a doctor, they don’t bother to listen to everything we have to say, let alone examine us properly….When we start explaining what health problems we have, doctors often say they are age-related, that they are natural changes.” Vera, Kyrgyzstan
The short 40-second film was realized to promote autonomy of older people. It was funded by the CNSA (Caisse Nationale de Solidarité pour l'Autonomie), a French state organization. The film can be disseminated via any type of screen: social networks, websites, local TVs, or during events dedicated to old people. We invite you to distribute it also to members, networks, colleagues, local authorities and all those whose work to prevent depency of older people. The film has versions in French, English, Italian, Portuguese, German, Spanish, Chinese and Korean. For viewing other versions of the video, you can go to the IAGG GARN website.