Today is International Day of Older Persons as designated by the United Nations. It’s not a cake and ice cream type of celebration but a more serious day to focus on the issues surrounding older people around the world. The theme for this year’s International Day of Older Persons is “the future we want: what older persons are saying.”
As a grassroots project and twist on the UN theme, I’d like to hear your thoughts. What are your dreams for the elderly? They can be big, doable, crazy, heartfelt, or fantastical. Here’s my starting list.
I want a future…
- that cures Alzheimer’s
- that balances life expectancy with quality of life
- where media celebrates the elderly more than reality TV stars (Go Betty White!)
- where older people continue to have purpose
- where profit doesn’t drive the decisions of assisted living facilities
- where care managers get paid a living wage
- that studies the emotional, health and financial impact that adult children encounter as caregivers
- where cars can drive and park themselves allowing the elderly to retain their freedom
- with more handicap parking spaces
Please send me your thoughts. If there is strength in numbers, the elderly will continue to be a force to reckon with.