Letter to the Editor: Pesticides and the elderly
I recently researched housing for my parents, both 88 years old, and discovered pesticides are used inside apartment buildings. They spray the halls, and elsewhere, with pesticides. I know pesticides are used inside nursing homes, and other senior citizen facilities, which is why I am trying very hard to avoid my parents living in these types of places. I am aghast that these poisons are used around anyone, especially the elderly.
Our family discovered the hard way that pesticides are poisonous to peopleÃ¯Â¿Â½we used them, and were poisoned by them. We then discovered being poisoned by pesticides made us sensitive or allergic to cleaning compounds, disinfectants, and other everyday products; the Environmental Protection Agency classifies disinfectants and sanitizers as pesticides, which make them extra toxic to people.
Using these poisons around the elderly is a total travesty. The elderly need extra care, and exposing them to poisons is unconscionable. Pesticides hurt people, and they should absolutely not be allowed around our most vulnerable--the elderly, children, and people with health problems. Actually, healthy people should not be exposed to them either. I was healthy once until we used pesticides.
I pray you will understand, and take action in whatever way you can to stop this practice.