- unfortunately is all part of the 'lookism' that crept up while we weren't
looking. It's as hard to wipe out as racism, body fascism and the
‘ism’ that makes the
disabled and mentally handicapped invisible. There is an intolerance of
anyone who doesn't
fit the template of the youthful-looking or the energetic. Zimmer
frames & walking sticks
are now a joke. Ha, ha. And how inconvenient wheelchairs have become?
wheelchair access used to be a priority, now it's an expense we can't
were complaints at a concert in London over the occupants of wheelchairs
a slight noise.
Help the Aged and Age Concern seem to have taken over what used to be
of the local council. If you want a home help, or any assistance
due to old age, we are given
the number of the charities. An attendance allowance is money given to
the infirm after
filling out a vast and complicated form - and we are then left to organise
our own nursing or
domestic assistance. Elderly people have turned into a growing source
of fat profits for
private companies. 'Nursing Homes' compete for their staff with McDonalds
and Pizza Hut.
Nobody finds the elderly at all attractive - unless it's your own grandma
of course. Nobody finds the
handicapped attractive either so they are hidden from sight - just
like the elderly who are seated
round the television and dosed with soporifics.
Taking care of the carers is nobodies responsibility either - who cares
about the mother who is squashed
in the middle of raising her own teenagers, being wife to a husband and
looking after bedridden elders -
having given up paid work to do it. Who cares?
I would suggest the councils' bring back the Home Help. (I would bring
back conductors on buses
but that's another battle). The government must undo the revenge
Mrs. Thatcher wreaked on local
governments because Alderman Roberts was voted out of the council and
had his heart broken.
Local Government has been punished enough. What we need is more money
for day nurseries
at one end of citizen's lives and well-run places for those of us who
need care when we are elderly.
Many of us provided the boroughs with council taxpayers that we raised
free of charge while we
paid rates and taxes. We deserve some return on this investment.