When we are young, we are not very interested in thinking about old age and how we will be able to live then. We postpone the topic until we are getting nearer and nearer and the thoughts appear: what can I do when…? Who will take care of me, if I can’t do anymore xyz? And when we enter into retirement, we are confronted with the reality that the money we get as a pension probably won’t take us very far.
Unless we had a really good job and paid a lot into the pension fonds, we will realise that it is difficult to keep up the usual life style. Old people living near poverty has become almost normal in the last few decades, and it will get even more “normal” for future generations who live in total insecurity regarding jobs and social security already. Who will take care fo the old people who have no family able to take care for them?
The question is answered differently in the different countries of the world. The lack of funding seems to be an all pervasive phenomenon. Old people are no investment, in a capitalist society they are worthless and left to the compassion of private people and, yes, the churches. Thanks God we haven’t demolished them yet, totally, by means of the increasing atheism in the world. They have an important function and we better recognise that in time!
Our guest this week, Bonnie Vallette, got interested in the topic eldercare long before she reached the interested age herself. She is very active in trying to create a better situation for the older population, at least in her community. In our conversation she explains how the systems work in the US, especially in her area, and what she is doing and initiating to better the life of those who, at the end of their life times, are unable to fight for themselves. If you have questions how you can collaborate, or just, where to go when you have specific problems, do contact Bonnie:email: BMLVallette@netscape.net Phone: 1.614.226.7247.