If you read just the headline on the story about charges against Winnipeg musician Ron Siwicki for leaving his mother to die on the floor of their home after lying there for up to three weeks you can’t help but be shocked and angry.
It’s a clear case of elder abuse, the headline suggests, and certainly the authorities think so. They’ve charged the 62-year-old guitarist with criminal negligence causing death and failure to provide the necessities of life to his 89-year-old mom.
But dig a little deeper and the story changes to perhaps something even more tragic, especially in a rapidly aging society like ours. It’s perhaps an object lesson to the rest of us who are unwilling to discuss candidly the end of life.
Most details of the case remain under a publication ban but it’s alleged that Siwicki’s mother, Betty, stumbled and fell in the home the two shared sometime in late November.
According to Siwicki's lawyers, the elderly woman, who suffered from dementia and other health problems,Read More »from Even if Ron Siwicki's mother wanted to die, she didn't need to do it on the floor: experts