Forever Dimitri

April 22, 2012 § 2 Comments

A few weeks ago a 77-year old former pharmacist living alone, Dimitri Christoulas, shot himself in a central square in Athens, Greece.

I want to give a “dignified end to my life,” he wrote in red ink, because austerity measures “annihilated all traces for my survival,” particularly his pension, I read in an article online. Killing himself in the early morning in a central square, nearby a tree, seemed an honorable way to die for him. He was ashamed to leave  his younger generations in debt.

We have to remember Dimitri’s death, as well as the suicides of other men living alone, we have to be vigilant. In what planet does dignity translate in killing yourself because you cannot survive financially? We have tons of reports stating that living alone in older age is very often a huge financial challenge. How many stories like Dimitri’s do we need to read until proper policies are created to support older solo dwellers across the world to live with dignity?  Dear Dimitri, I will remember you forever.


§ 2 Responses to Forever Dimitri

  • alonegwen says:

    You are right. A sad comment on aging in the 21st century, no matter where you live. Thank you for sharing this. I volunteer with AARP and we are very concerned about the future of American Social Security and Medicare. Hopefull, we will do not have a Dimitri in our midst, but there are 1000s of older Americans living on a very small income. We must be vigilent. Thank you for your comments. Keep up the work on your blog.

  • Thank you. I think in the US we have several Dimitris. They may not commit suicide in a public square, so they go unnoticed. Thank you for the encouragement!

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