Lest we forget

septemberOn our increasingly popular Facebook page, on September 11th to be exact, we ran a message that said :-

“Lest we forget.

Today is September 11th – a day of remembrance for those who were denied the opportunity to join us in olderhood.”

It was very well received as you can imagine.

Moreover, it raised some feedback, perhaps blowback might be a better word – that many older people have mentioned to us in Olderhood thus far – the “have they forgotten we are still here” syndrome.

We’ve heard tales of medical neglect, financial neglect, matrimonial neglect, family neglect and so forth. Some sad tales in fact.

In some ways, we’ve had some similar experiences ourselves this week.

Sending information to news agencies about Olderhood has produced some interesting results. Despite all efforts to get the word out, we are experiencing first hand how challenging it can be to be deemed newsworthy. The advent of Olderhood doesn’t, in and of itself, mean that the world should stop and pay attention. We get that.

However, the voice of the older person seems to be less heard than the voice of the politician, or the community activist, or the business person. And the sharing of information for Oldsters seems not to get the time, or space, or attention it so richly deserves.

Why is that we wondered.

Maybe because we don’t have the will-power to do stand up for ourselves..?

Maybe because we are not seen as major contributors to society any more..?

Maybe because we will disappear “soon..?

Who knows.

But the sad fact is that the older generation does get ignored in large sections of society (until they seek our vote of course).

Consequently, we now understand why the title of the noble organisation is Age “Concern”. We get that all right.

We’re not trying to create a revolution in Olderhood, but we are certainly more than willing to deliver articles of interest, articles of advice, articles of awareness, etc, so that we can consolidate a variety of feelings, emotions and opinions through a central online gathering place.

To that end we are slowly thinking about starting “Olderhood Clubs”, for want of a better phrase, in a variety of different locations around the world. We have been asked by several people on Olderhood to give it serious consideration.

One lady even suggest we call it the ”OH Club”. Cute.

It has been in our overall strategic plan I admit, but a wee bit further down the line than currently being advocated. However, we will maybe think about doing some sort of Facebook Survey to see what interest there might be in creating the Clubs, including seeking out leaders in the Olderhood community who might want to take the lead so to speak. We’re listening.

Stay tuned. … “the ants came marching one by one hurrah hurrah” …

Bye, Bill

 

Funny of the week :-

The more people I meet, the more I like my dog.

 

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2 responses to “Lest we forget

  1. I think a reason why the voice of an older person seems to be less heard or sharing of info in this regard not the most sought after is because of fear. Humans in general are fearful of getting old, of deteriorating (and I’m talking about people even starting in their 30s!), of not being able to sustain independence or a quality of life. I think that a lot of this fear is due to our ideas and perceptions (often erroneous) because we are designed to move, to move well and to improve with age (yes, I understand we have a life span but it is much longer than we may think it is). Perhaps I’ll be inspired to start to write about this, Bill! Enjoying very much your blog posts and those of others in your newsletter! Cathy

    • Thank you Cathy. Points well made.
      By all means go ahead and send me your thoughts on an article or a series.
      Regards
      Bill

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