More reader comments on the Fresh Air controversy.
There is this…
There are a lot of hip grandmas who listen to Fresh Air…grandpas, too….cool young people will become cool old people if they live long enough. And even if they didn’t care about Old then, time comes they will be right in the midst of it.
I heard part of the Fresh Air interview, as well. I am 72 and have a 13 1/2 year old dog, so the subject was doubly interesting to me. It inspired me to begin filling out medical directives (finally) and to pet my pup more often. An old Sioux saying says “Count no man lucky until he has had a good death”. That’s what I hope for in the end and the sentiment should apply to pups as well. In the meantime, I hope to keep up my health to the extent possible and my ability to enjoy life.
You are very right that quality of life and end of life choices for humans are in need of more public discussion. The “death panel” smears during the last couple of years may have set that back a few years, I’m afraid. I commend your efforts to get Terry Gross on it, but it may be too politically loaded for NPR at the moment.
I love dogs, I really do. I have 2 dogs that I care so much about. But, I am angry about this read where the care of elder dogs is more important, or needs to be addressed, then the care of our aging population.
In my opinion, I agree with the earlier comment, that this is for younger listeners.
I do not even listen to this radio program. (Actually, I don’t listen to any. Instead I spend about 2 to 5 hours a day on the Internet researching elders, their care, how to help, and the list could go on and on.)
It is not just the radio stations though that do not give ample time and credit to our aging population. It is the media in general in so many ways. The majority of what I know about elder care and their needs, has been done via the Internet. That goodness we have that tool. Yet, again, that tool can be damaging for our elders by scam artist, etc.
Our aging population is in a crisis, especially with the baby boomers approaching old age now. And if it was not for people who care such as ChangingAging, and so many other places via the Internet, little knowledge would be known about this huge problem.
Personally I think a TV program should be produced concerning our elders. I think it would be successful if done right. There are talk shows about mom’s, Dr. programs, dog programs, etc. But a show about elders would never run out of things to report on, talk about, explain, teach, etc.
I really do wish people knew, including our young population, about how important it is to care for our elders and help them in so many ways. While there are many elders lucky to be able to age with dignity and age in place, there are so many that are left behind and do not have these options. Sad. So very sad.
Do you think the media is biased against aging and elders?