This center does everything in its power to make life enjoyable for their members. They provide bingo, Zumba, TOPS, bowling, trips, lunch, parties, etc.
BUT many are obviously not happy. They are waiting for God.
Some people are infirm or in pain, and others are alone or are taking care of an infirm partner. Some have lost partners to death or divorce and are alone. BUT why is life over? Why die?
In a recent blog, I mentioned smiling as a deterrent to depression. How can we get smiles into these
peoples’ lives? They are sad and do not want to be here anymore. One man told me he would like to go to God that very day. My heart went out to him.
The pain and suffering of the elderly is something that is not addressed by anyone in power. Powerful people are fueled by their power of course, but are also fueled by money. Quite a few of the people I have met are very poor and in their 80’s. Pension plans and 401K’s were not available to them to prepare for their senior days. Also, many of them have lost all that they saved to illness, either their
own or their spouse’s.
I do not have an answer for this dilemma; I want things in my own life to be better. I am poor due
to illness, but I still have hope that I can, in some way, “come back” to a better life. It has been hard for me to accept the fact that no one wants me or my work experience anymore. If I had the funds or good health, I would do quite a lot of charity work or volunteering. Right now I have neither so I am still looking for an answer.
What bothers me about some of the seniors whom I have met is that they have no hope to help them look for alternatives. They are ready to die. This is a sad statement about our society. We want to forget the elderly and focus on the young. The elderly, in turn, want to go to God, because life on earth is so hard.