Saturday 10 December 2016

Respecting your elders is the really important work

We're all going to be old some day, if we're lucky, so why do we treat our elderly population so badly, asks Carol Hunt

Published 14/08/2016 | 02:30

We’re all going to be old some day, if we’re lucky, so why do we treat our elderly population so badly? (Stock image)
We’re all going to be old some day, if we’re lucky, so why do we treat our elderly population so badly? (Stock image)

I don't think I'm alone in still thinking of the family house where I grew up as 'home'. It's the place where myself and siblings still meet, where we have extended family barbecues and parties, where we send our kids to stay when we go away for a weekend, and where, most importantly, our mother is. Or at least, that's where she is when she's not trekking round the world, or helping her kids out, or bringing her grandson to see Barcelona play Celtic (which she did last week), or doing voluntary work, or all the many things which make our lives richer.

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The older I get, the more I realise how important, how vital, the older generation is to society and to their families.

Which is why I understood the outrage and hurt generated last March when an ESRI report suggested that elderly "empty nesters" should consider vacating their family home for younger couples in need of housing.

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