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The Resource Final call, produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (electronic resource)

Final call, produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (electronic resource)

Label
Final call
Title
Final call
Statement of responsibility
produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Contributor
Subject
Genre
Language
eng
Summary
The seniors in this film swim, dance and play golf. They are devoted to families and grandchildren, they read and engage with the world. Muriel and June lead rich, full lives but they intend to deliberately end their lives when they think the time is right. Dr. Opie, a retired surgeon who is now incapacitated, has prepared himself to end his life in two years when he thinks his life will no longer be worth living. They are among an increasingly activist minority of elderly Australians who say they want to end their lives before they are overtaken by frailty, illness or dependence. Such a radical step, they claim, is a final act of self-determination and a human right. "This is about the dignity of the end of my life," says Muriel. "I just don t want to end up as a vegetable. I don t want to be locked up in a nursing home where all you get is bingo," says June. Most of the elderly people in the film are supported in their fateful decisions by spouses or adult children. But in some cases there is intense anguish. We meet a father and son who love each other deeply but are completely at odds on this issue. The father thinks life should end when quality leaves it. His son, a committed Christian, would do anything to change his father s mind. Some doctors and ethicists are disturbed by what they see as the extremism of elderly people who take courses to learn how to commit suicide and even travel to Mexico to buy Nembutal, the recommended drug. Dr. Philip Nitschke, author of Exit Australia, teaches some of these courses. Dr. Rosanna Capoliagra asserts that depression is also a big factor. Professionals worry that the phenomenon reflects a growing view that to be old and in need of care is to lack dignity and to be a burden on society
Cataloging source
VaAlASP
Characteristic
videorecording
Intended audience
For College; Adult audiences
Language note
English
http://library.link/vocab/relatedWorkOrContributorName
Australian Broadcasting Corporation
Runtime
46
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • Older people
  • Right to die
  • Suicide
Target audience
general
Label
Final call, produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?HLTH;1641279
Instantiates
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1641279/hlth
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (46 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a211099
  • (OCoLC)747796543
Video recording format
other
Label
Final call, produced by Australian Broadcasting Corporation, (electronic resource)
Link
http://www.aspresolver.com/aspresolver.asp?HLTH;1641279
Publication
Note
  • Originally released as DVD
  • Title from resource description page (viewed May 24, 2011)
Antecedent source
file reproduced from original
Control code
ASP1641279/hlth
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource (46 min.).
Form of item
electronic
Medium for sound
other
Reformatting quality
access
Sound on medium or separate
sound on medium
Specific material designation
  • remote
  • other
System control number
  • (Sirsi) a211099
  • (OCoLC)747796543
Video recording format
other

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