Too many times our senior parents, who have been successful and productive individuals, are trivialized in their everyday interactions. Most often this occurs unintentionally because of unconscious assumptions about people who are growing old. Each time I observe what I believe to be disrespectful behavior — even when it is unconscious on the part of an individual — I plan to note it as a comment on this page.
This article, Don’t Call Them Sweetie, from the June 5, 2010 Denver Post.com, illustrates the lack of respect toward the elderly. Thanks to the Inside Aging Parent Care blog for discovering this article.
In July 2010 I posted thoughts expressing my frustration with disrespectful words used to address seniors and describing a unique program at the Virginia Mennonite Retirement Community that encourages staff members to think about respectful words.
You can also check out ElderSpeak: Baby Comments Directed at Older Adults over at the Changing Aging blog.
What are your experiences with this topic. Please consider leaving a comment!