In case you missed it, I posted the following comment on an article with the same name, A Grumpy Old Man, written by Marty Nemko, PhD, for Psychology Today.
“Yes, at age 75, I’ve been accused of being that … many times rightfully so. But, I’m more of an optimist than Joe. While I don’t pretend to understand or accept all of the differences between my generation and younger ones, I do accept that change does occur … and sometimes it IS for the better. After all, my generation was totally misunderstood by our own parents and grandparents.
What I do resent most, however, is how we treat our elders … throwing them on society’s trash heap as if they (1) have nothing more to contribute and (2) are only in the way of younger “doers.”
I’ve made it my mission to open as many eyes as I can to the fact that elders still do matter … and can make significant contributions to our society, if only allowed to do so. However, rampant ageism is an unnecessarily high hurdle that make it all the more difficult to do so.
So, instead of limiting us to bingo, think of us as a community with potential … one which can band together and help each other find and enjoy meaningful lives that contribute to society.”