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      I observe with a sinking heart how these days older people – senior citizens – are increasingly being reduced to being treated like incapable children.

      The following is an example of what may shock and anger you. In a way, I hope it does. I want people to realise that we have to stop treating older people as going through their ‘second childhood’, and rather treat them as the people who have earned and are deserving of much much more respect.

      ‘Oh, Mr. Betts. You’re late back to the coach. That’s really naughty of you!!. We’ve all had a lovely day out at Weston-Super-Mare and we only stopped at the services to let people go to the toilet, and what did you do? Go into McDonalds and ask if they sold beer. Well, so I’ve been told. So, now you go and sit down here where I can keep an eye on you. I don’t want you inviting Mrs Richards to come and sit on your lap. I know how you are and it’s something you should be ashamed of. On the way out I had to confiscate your iPad because you were showing people pictures of rude vegetables. Don’t you realise that some people have a heart problem? Now when we get home, it’s straight to bed with you and tomorrow I’m going to see doctor and get him to increase your medication, although he’ll probably ask why last Sunday lunch for pudding you said ‘Sod the trifle, just give me the sherry’. You never change you. I’ve told you many times to hold your knife properly. Like in Harry Ramsden’s last week – high class restaurant – you refused to hold your knife like what I told you – pencil like – with the end sticking up – that’s the classy way – the way I’ve been trained to show you – and you said ‘Get out of my face you ignorant pleb’. Well, that shows how aggressive you are. You’re lucky we didn’t exclude you from the parachute game even though you say you’re not playing childish games. We know what’s best for you!!. How much does it cost your family to have you in our care? Well, they’d be shocked if they saw how you behave. A disgrace you are. I’ve never known anything like it. You were reasonable when you came in, but now a month later you’ve turned into a right rebel – and we’re not having it. You behave or we’ll have you kept in your room so that you don’t spread your bad influence to others’.

      Get the idea? This is what goes on.

      STOP TREATING older people as senseless imbeciles. Instead, treat them with ADULT respect and INVOLVE them in adult interactions.

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      I'm always treating the elderly with respect. Only the other day I noticed a woman struggling to cross the road being laden with shopping bags. "Can you see me across the road, dear?" she asked me. "I think I can" I answered and crossed the road before confirming to her that I could, before going off on my way.
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      Private nursing and residential homes which are run for profit often too often fail to provide even the most basic levels of care.imo it's a reflection of the society we live in.the carers are minimum wage slaves with a virtually impossible task and society blames them.

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      Don't get old, is my advice.


      BTW I fully intend to be one of those crotchety old bats who is perfectly capable of putting the patronizing back in their place myself.

      I possibly already am, inside

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