Ageism in Society Hurts
My complaint is that our society is ageist and doesn't respect or appreciate the elderly.
Whenever someone hears that I am time challenged because I'm caring for my elderly parent plus working full time, they usually start blaming the parent rather than my job when it's just the opposite--the job is overly demanding whereas my parent is not and cannot help it if they are old and sick.
I resent this ageist attitude. I have a coworker whose sibling recently passed away from cancer and OMG, you should have seen the outpouring of sympathy that she received. Yet no one at my job is sympathetic about my elderly parent's health issues and rarely show any interest in my concerns.
The attitude is "well, what do you expect for someone who is 85 years old? They lived a good life, didn't they?" Or "isn't it time for a nursing home?" And they still ask me if I did anything fun over the weekend, like, DUH, do you have any clue what care giving is all about? I have come to realize that the attitude out there is ageist. Does anyone else have any comments on the ageist attitude?