April 30, 2020

If living longer is ‘welcomed news,’ why are the elderly so commonly overlooked in today’s society?

Shay Crinkle

Experimental Short FilmMrs Cameron, 2020

To quote Bob Dylan: “You’re sons and your daughters are beyond your command. Your old road is rapidly aging. Please get out of the the new one if you can’t lend a hand, for the times they are a-changing.” We see each generation go through the same cycles. First we are little and vulnerable. We look up to and rely on our parents. As we grow in size our knowledge and understanding expands and we see ourselves as fresh, exciting and modern beings; our elders being merely ‘past it.’ We rebel, party, live recklessly, learn new skills and develop an idea of who we want to be ‘when we grow up.’ We invest in property, fall in love, procreate and become increasingly responsible for ourselves and others. We eventually appreciate the efforts our own parents made in looking after us. We become ‘old hat’ to the new generation. We watch them repeat the same mistakes we made. We sit quietly and listen while they rant on about their ‘unique’ life experiences. Our bodies weaken, we rely on the assistance of others to get by. Then we pass. We are all the same.Our lives and stories- equally as important.