Old Folks..  

rm_Kissmystuff 62F
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6/7/2006 9:11 am

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6/12/2006 10:56 am

Old Folks..

I do a lot of calling in my work..and speak to people all over the United States. Something that really disturbs me..is the way our society seems to disgard people when they get old. There was a time when the family took care of their own. Now we seem to place them in nursing homes. We warehouse them away from us..where many decline more rapidly then they would otherwise.

While I realize that times change..that the society has become more work oriented. Many of those who would have been the care givers are now in the workplace..outside of the home..but at what cost to our society? Often times our children don't have the benefit of the older..wise..grantparent. This is something sorely missing from our present day. I think this is something that has contributed to the decline of the family.

There are times..in my calling during the day..that I will come across an elderly person..who answers the phone. Sometimes they live alone or with an equally elderly husband or wife. Sometimes..they just want to talk..they're lonely. I will talk to them..for a few minutes..sometimes..needing to almost shout..if they are hard of hearing.

It reminds me of what the Eskimos used to do in their culture..when a person got old and could not contribute..as needed to the community. They were put out and abandoned on the ice..for the polar bears to finish off. While we don't do anything so "barbaric"..in some ways it's a metaphor for the things we do and don't do.

I look at the funding for programs for the elderly. Much has been cut in federal and state budgets. I know you've heard about old people eating cat and dog food because they couldn't afford other than that. Today..food banks receive an increased volumn of requests..a large percentage of that increase comes from the elderly.

It's said that a society is judged by the way it treats the most vunerable of its people.
When was it that our old folks became disposable?


redswallow777 49M
6811 posts
6/12/2006 9:52 am

Yeah, more of work out of our homes but the other part of it is that more people are living a lot longer. By age 50 my mother did not have parents around to take care of. At age 54 I have a parent who is 78 and still going strong.

I do agree though that some thing needs to change. I wonder how we of the baby boom generation will deal with this? Will we just make the problem more noticable or will we work to change the culture??

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