Recently I read that Oprah doesn’t like to talk about aging because she finds it too depressing. Let me say up front, I have no idea if that is really Oprah’s opinion or not. However, I do know that many people would sheepishly agree with that statement. They prefer NOT to think about the realities of aging. It’s just too hard they say. So they close their eyes and make a laundry list of excuses.
It got me to thinking about what makes me sad. Easy. People who aren’t willing to think about aging, much less talk about it. I can’t help but wonder if they are the same ones who stay away from visiting elderly people in assisted living centers or nursing homes. They are the grown sons and daughters who rarely call or visit aging loved ones. Why can’t they put themselves in the shoes of the elderly at least long enough to consider the feelings of the older persons? How must these seniors feel to think that their “predicament” is so distasteful that others don’t want to be around them? Just sayin’….