Promoting the rights of older people to hospice, palliative care and essential controlled medicines

15082014In this article, Katherine Pettus, Advocacy Officer, International Association for Hospice and Palliative Care, (IAHPC), writes for ehospice about her participation in the United Nations 5th Open Ended Working Group on Ageing (OEWGA).

She pointed out that in developed and developing countries alike, older people are more likely to live in poverty, be neglected, abused, have poor or no healthcare and to be stigmatised as ‘unproductive’ and a ‘burden’. It will require consistent and concerted advocacy to ensure that good language about hospice, palliative care and access to controlled medicines is included in a new convention on the rights of older people…read more

From ehospice