The real fear of getting old is not having our skin sag, our joints ache or our teeth fall out – it’s the fear of being treated like crap.
Such has largely become the case for the older generation these days, with a litany of society’s rude behavior towards them to prove it.
Let’s start with the Facebook page entitled “I Hate Old People” – that’s right. It’s a page with more than 2,300 members and a captivating photo of an elderly woman giving viewers the bird.
The page description, along with a number of other online rants, complain about everything from old people hair nets to their aroma.
“Old people smell funny,” complained one of my friends who wished to remain anonymous.
“When I was a kid all the old people had their pants pulled up to their armpits, wore suspenders, and treated me like a slave,” he none too fondly recalls.
While my pal cannot explain what he has against suspenders, he does admit that he’s softened his view a bit after meeting a few older folks that he actually likes. We also have to wonder if his turning 54 years old had anything to do with it.
Others remain rude, crude and downright disrespectful to the elderly.