Welcome to Listen To Older Voices, a program produced by Rob Greaves for Uniting Melba and podcast through the Toorak Times and Tagg.
Listen To Older Voices presents the stories, views and opinions of our older citizens. It is predominantly in a life & times format, with interviewees reflecting upon their lives from earliest memories. An underlying principle of the program is to promote the concept of positive ageing, reinforcing the principle that older people have & continue to make a valuable contribution to both their local & wider community.
In this, the final part of the story of Ruth Rooney, Ruth talks at some length about her husband, John. She discusses openly how he passed away after being taken off dialysis. His “assisted dying” was the correct course of action in Ruth’s mind, but nonetheless, it was a most difficult period for her.
However with the support of her religious beliefs and her friends she found had all the support she needed.
Ruth also talks openly about incident where he knees gave away and she found herself stuck on the toilet from 9am to 6pm. It was then that her son found her and called an ambulance, one of the paramedics having been, in Ruth’s words, “a plumber in a previous life.”
Her story is a mixture of humor, tragedy, compassion and beliefs. For it all, Ruth says her life has been rich and rewarding
[Listen To Older Voices receives funding from the Commonwealth Government through the Commonwealth Home Support Program Program]