On February 21st, 1963, John F. Kennedy addressed the US Congress with a special message about the needs of the nation’s senior citizens. His opening line:
On the basis of his study of the world’s great civilizations, the historian Toynbee concluded that a society’s quality and durability can best be measured “by the respect and care given its elderly citizens”.
I’ve been behind-the-scenes and for as long as I could bear, I worked in a world where I very rapidly came to understand the lack of civilisation in the prevalent attitudes towards the elderly, certainly where professionalism’s concerned.
And yes, I know – this is only one viewpoint. One experience – mine.
If you’d like to counter with your own stories of the absolutely stunningly marvellous care our hoards of elderly enjoy at the hands of England’s care homes, please, feel free. It would make my heart happy to be rebutted.
But I bet you can’t.
So follow me over to Finding Ninee, where I have been generously welcomed into Our Land once more, to share the absolute worst job I ever had, and why it matters not just for me, but for everyone, in the first of a SPECIAL TWO-PART SERIES.
P.S. This is where I got my writing mojo back – thanks Kristi 🙂