However, the United States is behind many other countries in our care providing for Seniors and our practical and provided services to ensure the safety and well being of our aging population -- even Ireland, a small country, with a big heart, values its aging population and cites statistics to show the benefits of the aging population.
Here's an excerpt from a great resource you should bookmark: The International Association of Homes and Services for the Ageing
Northern Ireland Reports on "Appreciating Age"
We see an economic gain in "severing ties" and expanding into separate places to live; of starting "new" lives and "cutting away" from the old ones.
As the article above states: AGEISM is prevelant throughout the world.
Personal Opinion: It's more prevalent in "progressive economies" who value consumption or who are moving forward into a higher level of world economic standards of living.
After all, economic status depends on purchasing: homes, food, clothing, entertainment, etc. And, multigenerational living, for example, cuts back significantly into some of the biggest ticket items -- like shelter and food. And the older population usually isn't feeding a family or building "status" through purchases of the newest, the latest, the best or the better.
As a group, we become ambivalent in many ways to the needs and to the lives of our aging men and women primarily because we are focused every day on concentrating on personal consumption and personal benefit.
It's time we realized the benefits as so clearly outlined in this article, brought about as noted by recent "whistleblower allegations" regarding the management and treatment of patients in ageing care homes.
READERS: Are we who live in supposedly the "greatest nation on earth" going to trail behind Ireland and other countries in how we care for and ensure those who have given so much of themselves for so long to build, develop, support and protect our United States of America?
Will we continue to sit back and wait until we have no more time to be the activators, the action makers and takers?
THE CHOICE IS IN EACH OF OUR HANDS AS TO WHAT WE ALLOW, WHAT WE DO.