Friday, December 3, 2010

Got Silver?

I wanted to start off this blog with a proverb or famous quote about old age; however, I will just say this, “The older I become the more I realiz, how foolish it was not to listen to the wisdom of those who walked this road before me.”

When one is young they say one has no experience, but if one is old they say you have too much experience. Those are the words you are most likely to hear when you are looking for a job back home. It’s hard for a young person to get a job in Colombia but it’s much harder for an elderly to get the same job. That is why when I saw an elder guarding the gates at the international airport in Atlanta I was surprised. Later I understood that old people in America are not discriminated because of their age. I will not lie, it’s still weird when I go to work and I see people in their sixties doing hard work.

I have mixed feeling about this one. I am glad that they don’t discriminate the elderly, but at the same time it is hard for me to see an elderly being forced to work in order to feel valued by society or even their families.  It is very sad to see a person over 62 years of age struggle to find a job (in Colombia); nevertheless it’s rare to find older people who are not been taken care of by a  member of their family.  I have to specify that in Latin America, 'family' includes parents, brothers and sisters, uncles and aunts, nieces and nephews, and everybody who is related by blood and/or descended from that elderly person somehow). On the other hand I see many elderly people getting dropped off at a nursing home here in America. Seems likes no one wants to take care of the one who gave them life, much less listen to the wisdom that comes from their experience (old stories). It often looks like if it is a burden for families to take care of their elderly relatives.
Is life too busy to care for others?
Chew on this and tell me what you think, but don't forget your dentures,

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