I know I’ve been brought up well. There are some rules that should stick with you if you’ve been brought up properly. One of which “Respect your elders”. For my generation this is important not just because of politeness but because our elders (grandparents) contributed to if not fought in the Wars. They are the reason we are not all speaking German, and that Judaism was not wiped out in the West in the 40’s. Don’t get me wrong, I believe to get respect you have to give respect (and some elderly people can be downright rude) but it doesn’t hurt to be impossibly polite back and give them a reason to respect the younger generations.
So this blog is concerning my anger about the way that elderly people are being portrayed on the television. An episode of Emmerdale left me so cross today that I had to write to Ofcom to complain. And I threw in an email to number 10 for good measure, although I do not believe it will achieve anything.
Why is there still such a stigma surrounding elderly people? Especially those with memory issues? It’s because people still aren’t talking about it (like many mental illnesses – getting brushed under the carpet, or having depression blamed on phases, they’ll grow out of it etc). Or when people are talking about it, it’s in a derogatory manner. For example tonight’s episode of Emmerdale “sitting like cabbages with soup dribbling down their chins”. This sort of attitude is the reason that many elderly people do not wish to go into care homes & it hacks me off that people are so blase in the way they talk about elderly people. Respect your elders?! Also the incident I mentioned in a previous blog where a character in Eastenders referred to another character who was struggling with memory issues as having “lost her marbles”.
I hope you agree this is unacceptable & something can be done by government to promote awareness of dementia and the affects on the families and sufferers. But for now, let’s just get more people talking about it. I’m amazed that this blog has reached readers in America and Canada and Czech Republic! So let’s spread the word further and ensure that this taboo subject gets tackled!