Help the aged?
Andy Morris argues for respect where it's due
- By: Andy Conway Morris
Youth is the future, young people are consulted on all manner of things, and youth culture is so prominent that even politicians have latched on to it. Although this emphasis on those of us aged below 30 years is welcome and helps to get our views heard, blows away a few establishment cobwebs, and perhaps even helps mould our society, it also has a flip side: our attitudes to elderly people. Even the term “elderly” has negative connotations, let alone the other disparaging terms in common usage: “crumblies,” “geris,” and “coffin dodgers.”
We need to think only of our cultural images of older people: the near brain dead creatures who watch passively as two junkies steal their television in the film Trainspotting; the shuffling old lady who has to be reminded to keep warm in the winter; or the mad old duffer banging on about how things were great in