CONGRATULATIONS Launceston General Hospital, for the great work done to retain your "Baby Friendly" accreditation.
Statistics show that people more than 65 years of age are the greatest in-patient population yet of structures and funding generally guide hospitals to meet the needs of the "average adult" yet seniors are certainly not "average".
Their needs differ and their bodies change and react differently than "average" adults to health challenges and therapies.
In her address to the National Press Club (April 24) Ita Buttrose made several broad statements about the standards of care for our seniors with dementia and Alzheimer's Australia has recently launched a national document to rekindle public awareness of the need to consider the rights of people with dementia.
Our seniors have given us their best, surely it is time to give them our best.
- LEONIE MOSEL WILLIAMS, Senior Helpers Northern Tasmania director.
Letter to the Editor of the Examiner