We want a greater post-closure society the place older individuals really feel protected

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Resident of the Dorothea Court of the Pilgrims & # 39; Friend Society, a Christian, independent housing development in Bedford.(Photo: Pilgrims & # 39; Friend Society)

We need a better post-closure society where older people feel safe. Many people want a “new normal” after the ban, but one in which older people are not excluded from the health system. where they are not considered "disposable"; where ageism is tackled honestly.

By living through the Covid 19 lock, many people have redefined their values. "I never want to hear from celebrities again," someone said on my social media. "I just want the red carpet for nurses, doctors and nurses to be rolled out."

"I don't want to get back to normal," said another, "I want it to be better."

A good number of people wanted to return to a lifestyle of Ghandi-like simplicity, others wanted to find the meaning of life (interestingly enough, millions more people have tuned into online services than usually go to church), and others want the streams of Kindness and giving to continue.

Others want to combat the ageism that affects the lives of so many older people, including “airbrushing” from aid during the crisis. Secretary of State Richard Buckland has admitted that when the outbreak was most violent, the government decided to protect the NHS from nursing homes because of insufficient coronavirus testing capacity, despite acknowledging that residents were vulnerable and "protected" were.

More than 23,000 patients were discharged into nursing homes without tests. This policy has been blamed for the deaths of nearly 15,000 elderly and vulnerable residents. Nursing home deaths were initially not included in daily statistics, and Age UK director Caroline Abrahams said that "older people are blown up as if they don't care".

It happens because few people care about what happens to older people, wrote Rev. John Worsley, pastor of Kew Baptist Church, and cited recent research from Kent University that shows ageism is widespread in Britain.

Victim life for the benefit of the economy for young people

Ageism was first described in 1968 by the psychologist Rob Butler, who predicted that if resources were scarce, it would get worse. Older people are expected to make economic sacrifices for younger people. From a question to BBC Radio 4s Any Questions? However, it could also show that they lay down their lives.

A program phone call asked whether "the compromise" in trying to save the lives of older people "was really worth it if it paralyzed the lives of the younger generation for decades".

Program participants quickly said that there was no "compromise" to be considered and that the right to life was the most important human right. Other callers assisted the panelists with one, Chris, who said, "The problem is, should we sacrifice our older and vulnerable people to save the boys from the economic impact of COVID-19? And so, it's a heartless and immoral Question. ""

The Christian Institute raised the issue after Merv Kenwood, a disabled woman's husband, called the program the following week and said he wanted to tell decision-makers: "Please do not crowd out the lives of these many, many vulnerable, older, disabled people People assuming that they are happy not to want to live "

It should be different in our churches, says Rev. Worsley.

"The elders are created in God's image. They still embrace the body of Christ. And frankly, they are … some of the most beautiful parts of this body."

He describes the phone call of an older church member who told him that she and her husband pray for him and everyone on the church list every morning after breakfast.

In the book What Does Age Have To Do With It? There are stories of older people, some in their nineties, who live on purpose as God intended. This includes 99-year-old David, who sends a monthly prayer newsletter to supporters of his nursing home in Wales. The 87-year-old Marilyn, missionary in Pakistan, and the 84-year-old Doreen with poor eyesight, who was sitting in a bus shelter near her house by the sea and asked everyone to read the Christian tract that she had received. she happened to have that in her purse.

The Guardian's John Harris notes that "the uncertainties of 21st century life for young people have fueled the idea that older people who were lucky enough to buy their home and receive a reasonably decent pension somehow made them recipients characterize unjust luxury. " . "These beliefs have fueled the intergenerational fairness debate that bubbles beneath the surface.

The economy is predicted to be extremely tough after the coronavirus crisis. We will do better together if we evoke our kindness and generosity and see our older generation not as pirates who got away with the country's treasure, but as individuals of great value to our culture and to God.

Louise Morse is the author of several books on age, cognitive behavioral therapist, speaker and social commentator, and media and external relations manager at the 213-year-old Christian charity for the elderly, the Pilgrims & # 39; Friend Society.

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