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The Problems Faced by Old People in Our Society

An old person does not have the physical ability of a young person. Walking can be an effort. Crossing a road can be impossible without assistance. On many occasions I have come across old men and old women who just could not cross a busy road that had no pedestrian crossing. No driver stopped for them.

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Modern society is built by the young for the young. It is a dynamic creation that does not give much consideration to the old, sick, handicapped or incapable. They are merely tolerated as so much liability or nuisance. So these hardly wanted people face many problems in their everyday living.

The old, who were once young; helped to make the present society, and now they pay the price of their former neglect of the old. They themselves are neglected and unappreciated in turn.

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Physical Ability

An old person does not have the physical ability of a young person. Walking can be an effort. Crossing a road can be impossible without assistance. On many occasions I have come across old men and old women who just could not cross a busy road that had no pedestrian crossing. No driver stopped for them. So these old folks had to wait patiently until a kind soul happened along to lead them across. I have helped a number of them. Some of them were very grateful but some simply cursed the traffic. Whatever their attitudes, they were better off staying at home.

It is common to hear of old people being knocked down by vehicles on the roads. They just cannot handle the traffic anymore.

This busy world is certainly not kind to old folks. Crossing a road is just one problem they encounter, getting onto a bus is another. The old person is usually the last to get on, if he manages. I have seen a bus conductor telling an old man to wait for the next bus because his bus was full. If the old man does get on, the likelihood is that he will have to stand, which does no good for his old bones. Rarely does anyone give up his seat for an old man, or woman.

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Left Alone

In the old days, most people did not go every far from their birthplace and thus families usually stayed together. The family unit is strong and practical. Today the family unit is breaking apart as young men and women travel widely in search of better jobs. So the chances are that the old folks will be left alone and neglected. Sometimes they are not wanted by their children at all. The luckier ones may have a child or two staying with them. The less fortunate ones may have to pine their lives away in an old folks’ home or in their now empty house that once was filled with the sound of children’s laughter. This neglect is a very real problem in our society and it is what the old dread most – being wanted and uncared for in the time of need.

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Indifference and Neglect

There are other problems old folk’s faces, but none can be as bad as the indifference and neglect of the young. The young have no time for the old even though the old have virtually no time left. Soon they will die and the young will take their place.

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  1. kate smedley

    On May 5, 2009 at 7:45 am

    another excellent article on the problems of getting old. The last line of this article really sums it up, we (if we are lucky) will get old too in our time so we need to respect the elderly in our society now rather than neglect them.

  2. Joe Dorish

    On May 5, 2009 at 7:53 am

    As lifespans expand taking care of the elderly becomes even more important.

  3. Hari678

    On May 5, 2009 at 9:45 am

    Excellent and touchy article it is. Loneliness of old what the old dreaded most – being wanted and uncared for in the time of need. I admire it, I like it.

  4. Glynis Smy

    On May 5, 2009 at 9:57 am

    Interesting article.

  5. papaleng

    On May 5, 2009 at 10:54 am

    another Thumbs up for you friend.

  6. Betty Carew

    On May 5, 2009 at 12:06 pm

    Excellent article Mr Ghaz I guess we’re lucky that we live in a community where the young do respect the old and care for them when needed. I also know this does not apply everywhere and it saddens me to think of that. it is a problem for sure.

  7. Phill Senters

    On May 5, 2009 at 6:12 pm

    I agree. It must be terrible for old folks whose families no longer can or will care for them and they must face their last days alone. Another really good article Mr, G.

  8. Jamie Myles

    On May 6, 2009 at 12:14 am

    In some societies the Elderly are honored. But as time evolves, more and more the world is becoming totally youth oriented, forgetting that in the not so distant future they will be the elderly.

  9. George W Whitehead

    On May 6, 2009 at 1:20 am

    How old is ‘old’? Some fifty year olds are old and some in their seventies are, by comparison, young.

  10. K Kristie

    On May 7, 2009 at 3:00 am

    Excellent post.

  11. Bren Parks

    On May 7, 2009 at 12:24 pm

    Well thought out points about a very important subject!…My dad just fell off his roof, so this is especially interesting for me!

  12. ladybaby

    On May 20, 2009 at 6:50 am

    EXCELLENT article. I am 63, and I am still able to do much of what I use to, but I am feeling my age. I get tired a lot faster, I can not lift things I use to be able to. I don’t feel good many days, but our society thinks that senior citizens are suppose to go back to work and do the same things they did when they were young. It is not fair. We are suppose to work til we drop dead. Our leaders who are old men, who sit in an office pushing a pencil, don’t realize that regular seniors can no longer do the manual labor that they had done during their life time. THERE IS NO COMPASSION OR RESPECT OF THE ELDERLY. So glad you brought it up. It needs to be said. Thanks!

  13. CutestPrincess

    On May 25, 2009 at 8:45 am

    Well, I see someone has been doing an awful lot of research and studying. Good job!

  14. hollynoel001

    On August 8, 2009 at 8:54 pm

    there is no compassion or respect for any one nowadays young or old and i fear we may all regret not being more appreciated of our elder and younger people and they of each other great article mrghaz!!

  15. Susan

    On August 8, 2009 at 10:26 pm

    Excellent and thoughtful article. You also made a good point, what goes around, comes around. The young that neglect the old will receive the same.

  16. Juancav

    On August 9, 2009 at 2:51 am

    Exactly, the raw material to create an elder is just a young person.

  17. Joshua Miguel

    On August 10, 2009 at 10:26 am

    all of us will grow old, society should continue serving the aged and not neglect them.

  18. DA Cournean

    On August 10, 2009 at 7:45 pm

    Very well done!

  19. Phoenix56317

    On December 18, 2009 at 9:45 pm

    Though this is an Excellent Article, I have to say that we are all to blame for the shortcomings of our society.Somewhere back in the history of Mankind, we had taken a wrong turn, we left our Morals and Common Beliefs for the good of all in a trash can. We all are to blame for not continuing to hold ourselves accountable of our selves.

  20. sssss

    On November 2, 2010 at 6:58 am

    very intersting

  21. Zenia

    On January 2, 2011 at 4:54 pm

    People today are so inconsiderate that it is shocking. We do not realise old people are full of wisdom and have lived a full life of experience and can even help us out. Youth of today are ignorant of what is coming and very rude too. They cannot bear to listen to the helpless or sick or just the elderly for a change. They are very self centered and vain. This saddens me deeply.

  22. Joel

    On August 5, 2011 at 11:38 pm

    All we can do is to do our part to see that the elderly around us have our respect and love. If you don’t already have a senior around you in your life go find one and give them some good company and something to look forward to. (seeing you!) If everyone did their small part then the world would be a better place. We can repair the world……one kind act at a time.

  23. lakhan bhomiya

    On August 18, 2011 at 10:25 am

    hey it’s excellent and we should support elderly people take care of them

  24. Dennis

    On May 19, 2012 at 11:26 pm

    It’s a real life an we often doesn’t think about our parents. How they are. What do they need to. It’s easy to call them. But, as always, we don’t have enough time to say them how do we love them.

  25. keikei123

    On October 2, 2012 at 4:51 pm

    The change that the young generation makes could be such a difficult change for our elders that is why we must not only come up with eay and great ideas but also keep our elders needs in mind

  26. quasd

    On October 15, 2012 at 3:19 pm

    people should invent help

  27. Temidayo

    On February 17, 2013 at 4:31 am

    this is good.Actually helped a lot in my research on old people…keep up the good work…And yeah neglect and isolation is really dreaded by these people.

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