WHAT GIVES ANYONE THE "RIGHT" TO CALL US "OLD" OR "SENILE" OR "ELDERLY"?
IT'S ONLY BECAUSE WE ARE ALL "OF A CERTAIN AGE"...THAT WE ARE LUMPED-TOGETHER....LIKE HOMELESS ANIMALS IN THE CITY POUND.
And, due to our age, too many of us are ignored by Family, Society, even Government Agencies.....forced into stinky/smelly nursing homes, dumped in community/assisted living, treated like a number, and-- because of limited resources, neglect, and lack of emotional support--- we eventually "slip away"----unnoticed.
Let's be truthful. SENIOR CITIZENS have no rights. Most devastating of all....we are too-often bullied, mistreated, and despised--even by our children... unless big money is involved.
SENIORS are possibly the most hated group of citizens in America. We are viewed as useless, as worthless dependents, as lumps of human waste who should conveniently die. Politicians only tolerate older people when we vote, donate money, or volunteer-- at re-election time. A perfect example of where we "rank" in the list of national importance is measured by how seldom Senior Citizens receive a cost of living increase.
How quickly everyone forgets that most of us worked every day of our lives... supported our families...and made sure there was time to love our families. We were responsible adults and everything we did....we did "from our hearts."
None of us imagined that someday.....we'd be treated like excess baggage; that, for some of us, just loving our family---all those years---would prove to be the worst investment we ever made.
It isn't the process of aging-- growing older-- being alone-- losing our looks--our incomes--our flexibility and independence--- that's the real "Kiss of Death".
What truly amounts to a Death Sentence....is the fact that "age" robs us of our personal identity---our unique individuality---and, worst of all, our dignity.