seniors standing strong
BOOMERS, VETERANS AND OLDER AMERICANS COMING TOGETHER TO STAND STRONG FOR EQUALITY OF HUMAN RIGHTS, FAIR AND JUST TREATMENT, AND THE RESPECT ONCE GIVEN TO THE NATION'S SENIOR CITIZENS
Looking back over the years, Senior Citizens were viewed as wise advisors, people that were sought for their deep wisdom and understanding of life in general. By the late 1980s, something had changed. Society openly marginalized the human worth of older Americans, and today, there is no shortage of mocking, tasteless jokes about getting old. AGEISM is discrimination against people because of their age, and this widely accepted, rampant practice in America must be stopped. AGEISM is also the act of stereotyping seniors. These actions of ageism against Senior Citizens violate their civil rights. Activism is necessary to promote respect toward all seniors and provide the societal support they so richly deserve. There are those who strip seniors of their financial savings, use antipsychotic drugs to shut them up, and those who physically and mentally abuse them in their own homes, hospitals, and care facilities. Attorneys resisted even representing seniors in the 80s because, as one attorney put it, "society at that time said, they are old, suffer from multiple illnesses, are not productive members of society, and are going to die soon anyway." Fortunately, today, attorneys are winning millions of dollars for older clients and their families, and serious headway is being made toward representation. The importance of reporting those who mistreat seniors today, defines freedom tomorrow.
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One in four older Americans is abused. Only one in twenty-five crimes against seniors is reported. Six million cases.
Boomers are not prepared for the mistreatment and violations they will face in the current senior care system.