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When I read “Liv­ing in Fear” (May), the ti­tle struck me as ap­pro­pri­ate for the whole sys­tem of el­der care. I had both my mother and fa­ther and my hus­band in care at the same time. My par­ents were 300 miles away, which meant a 600-mile round trip, every two weeks win­ter and sum­mer. That lasted for 10 years. In Bri­tish Columbia if you have to go to the hos­pi­tal for more than 31 days, you lose your bed at what­ever fa­cil­ity you are in and then have to go to the bot­tom of the list again. In B.C., the wait list can be two years in some of the worst con­di­tions you could imag­ine. God help any se­nior or hand­i­capped in­di­vid­ual who does not have an ad­vo­cate be­cause the process will kill you faster than most ail­ments. —E. Iversen, via email

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