Family caring for the elderly
Sir, – I was absolutely devastated that family members could treat an elderly member of their family so cruelly (“Family link to 83 per cent of elder abuse”, Home News, July 26th). The elderly must be respected and deserve to be surrounded by love and protection.
I looked after my beloved mother for 12 years, and my husband and children supported me. To me it was a privilege. She brought up four children, mostly on her own due to being a widow. The elderly should be treated with love and respect. I still miss my beloved mother and I would have her back tomorrow for one more kiss or hug. She was 91 years of age and died in June 2012.
I am not saying it is easy to look after the elderly – you are on call 24 hours a day. But I loved her and she died in my arms – I was the lucky one. – Yours, etc,