This opinion piece was first published on Everything Albany.
OPINION - VOLUNTARY EUTHANASIA
Voluntary euthanasia has been in the news in Albany twice in the last month. Late in May the story was about a court appearance relating to possessing the euthanasia drug Nembutal. This weekend the story related to an elderly couple found dead in their home.
With a reputation as a retirement centre - approximately 24 per cent of the City's population is over 60 compared to regional WA's 17 per cent - the right to die is a topic which will be considered by a large number of Albany residents as they continue to age.
Voluntary euthanasia is not a decision to be taken lightly. However, as the pleasure of retirement turns into a daily challenge for existence that erodes a person's quality of life and drains their family and carers, the right to end one's life at a chosen time can add dignity to an inevitable occurrence.
If you or someone you know is thinking of suicide, phone Lifeline on 13 11 14.
Exit International is a leading end-of-life choices (voluntary euthanasia/ assisted suicide) information & advocacy organisation: ph: 1300 10 3948