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January 10, 2009


My experience with old age has been like yours-- respected when it was me looking at the elders and not feeling disrespected now that I am here.

I would agree with your chart on what ages mean. And I like that picture. Nice to see what you look like

I love your photo!

I have been on the receiving end of age discrimination. In a city where jobs are hard to find for anyone, employers hire healthy young people. In a way, I understand that. It doesn't help me much since I really need to keep working as long as I can. That said, I will keep trying.

I don't like to complain about things although sometimes I do. Depression has dogged me for far too long and makes me crabby and I vent.

I need to find other ways to of self expression. Writing my other blog has helped me immensely in dealing with the events that have shaped my life.

I love your photo CC....Nice to finally see your smiling face.

I would agree with your chart. Now that I'm officially in the old age bracket....I haven't personally felt disrespected, but everyone has their own story. And I...have always loved and respected our elder citizens....why not, we're very loveable...and have amazing things to offer.

Rain--Nice to hear that you have fared well, in the respect department, too. Thanks for supporting my decision to post the photo, for noticing, and for your input on the age chart.

Kay--Thanks for the kind words on the photo. Unhappily, I knew while I was writing of my own experience, that not everyone had had the same experience. I truly feel for you, and I know that fighting depression is an "iffy" thing that is not positively impacted by being treated less well than one deserves. Would that we were close enough to give you a hug (many hugs) in return for the pleasure that you have given me with your postings.
BTW: If you can't vent in your own blog, where can you vent. You have a right to your own reactions to your own experiences!!

Joy--Thanks to you, too, for the kind words on the photo and age chart. I hope you know how much I enjoy your blog.

To all--I wrote, above, "Maybe other oldsters have reason for such feelings [of mistreatment]." I should better have written, "Surely other oldsters have reason for such feelings."

What I am observing is very hard times for people around the 50 mark. I'm being subjective, for sure. But they are losing jobs when they have obligations to young and old people and with years to go to social security and Medicare.
These are the peak boomers who have always been in crowded and competitive circumstances. This is also the age of menopause, and yet there is a strange silence around what is happening to masses of women right now. Also, peak boomers have had more unstable personal lives than older people and may possess fewer resources. And then there is the debt problem. They have so much debt.
Our renters are having to leave after she messed up her knee in a freak accident and he lost his job. They will be very lucky to find anything, since their skills are so generic and non-essential and easily done by younger people who do not have their problems. All this was fine in boom times and when they were younger, but now they are in dire straits.
One of my MILs careivers collapsed and died recently after a life of hardship. She was a college graduate who lost her job in advertising and was never able to support herself after that except as a caregiver to the terminally ill. Useful work, yes, but really too hard for such a frail person as she was.
And this is also the age when people who do manual labor for a living start being unable to work hard all day and must retrain. And yet there isn't much out there in the way of programs or jobs for them.
This is a different world from the one my husband and I in our late 60's inhabit, where we have had useful and lucrative work as well the ability to educate our kids and amass a certain amount of wealth.

Hattie--You are addressing the generation to which my kids (Bogie & Dudette & husbands) belong. Their lives have not been beds of roses; but, they have been flexible and tough (when necessary) and have come back from each challenge.

I am sorry to hear of the troubles among the people you are close to, or know of. It is worrisome that some members of that generation (or any generation) are struggling. Thanks for presenting us "the other side".

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