The Encyclopedia of World Problems and Human Potential reveals, when discussing the subject of the “Dump Grannies” and “Inert Deserted Parents,” that “there is an increasing frequency of dependent elderly people being left at hospitals, day centers, and nursing homes by relatives unwilling or unable to attend to their needs. Elderly people with financial means and their mental faculties intact usually have better choice and stability about their situation. The abandoned poor, infirm or senile may spend their last days as transients moved from one overcrowded government facility to another.”
I have spent 31 years specializing in the business applications of Collaboration and Leverage. As a Senior myself, I can see how we can utilize these powerful concepts to support, empower, and assist our fellow Seniors when resources are in short supply and some of us no longer have the capacity we once had.
For example, I teach business owners, that every resource you need is already available through someone else, and that we all have something to offer in return. An elderly lady in England invited a young lady to share her home for companionship and help – a win/win situation – collaboration at its best. Some churches look after their elderly congregants as well.
Teaming up with others of the same age and younger, building strong, reciprocal friendships while you are able, and building a solid support group pays off. You have to reach out – be a friend to have a friend. Be proactive; “dig the well before you thirst.”
Seniors selling up to move in with their kids, who are happy to have a babysitter for their offspring in the short term, is seldom a good idea, since the kids you’ve been looking after will soon grow up, and son Bobby’s new wife may want to rent out your room, plus you may become a “burden” to them in your dotage. Think carefully before giving away your security, friends, and independence.