We face a graying population worldwide, and it is a global situation that cannot be swept aside. And yet, are we giving our attention to our elders?
I turn 50 in a few days. I face this with peace, joy and a certain pride, knowing that it is a nice marker in what I hope will be a continuing journey of life. I have kept pace with time and followed through many of the goals I set for myself, and completed them. And with every marker, aging and old age rises more and more to the surface of my thoughts.
I have always been partial to causes that relate to aging and the disabled, because I get the sense that these causes can do with more care and more attention, compared to the causes that get what I humbly perceive to get attention, such as sports and the young. The aged and the disabled deserve every bit as much attention as any other worthy cause.
And yet, while some may imagine the aged to be unimportant, I know the aged hold many of the keys to great treasure. My own dad is one such treasure. He may not be a verbal cannon that broadcasts all too loudly, and yet, when I sit down quietly with him sometimes, I learn a great deal from him, and admire his continuous learning and his relentless quest for knowledge. He may walk a lot more slowly than just a decade or two ago, but his wealth of knowledge is worthy to be shared anytime.
I just watched a Taiwanese film, “Go Grandriders” (不老騎士-歐
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