Loved this video for Thirty Seconds to Mars’ “City of Angels.” It’s a mini-documentary about the good/bad of living in LA. Oh, and it’s star-studded: Kanye West, Lindsay Lohan, Olivia Wilde, Alan Cumming, and Ashley Olsen just to name a few.
The great George Carlin talking about why he didn’t support the war in the Persian Gulf, which is still pretty applicable to what’s going on today.
"I’m not a very good American because I like to form my own opinions."
He was the best.
I have been working as the Content Marketing Manager for Medical Guardian since February and everyday I learn a little more about what it means to grow older. I don’t mean the “OMG I’m almost 30” growing older. I mean the “things have stopped working and I am losing my independence” type of older. And it’s not easy.
I’ve started to notice older people out and about on the street now. Last week, I almost gasped as I saw a man shuffling on the sidewalk with a cane try to make it to the curb before the light changed. He was walking so slowly that I knew there would be no way he’d make it. I stayed there on the corner with him until I was sure that he’d wait for the light to change, and part of me wanted to stay to help him across the street but I wasn’t sure how he would react to that. No one wants to feel helpless.
The other day I was walking home from work when I saw an older woman on a motorized scooter trying to negotiate her way through the after-work crowd. I was the only person who stepped aside to let her pass and she smiled and quietly thanked me. Are we all really too busy to step aside for a disabled woman, or do we all just discount her because she is old?
I have to admit that before I started working with the elderly and their Caregivers I might not have noticed them either. Old age is easy to make jokes about but the truth of the matter is that it sucks. It sucks for the Caregivers who love them and have to take care of them while also caring for their own children and working full-time jobs, and it sucks for the elderly because they have managed to get through almost all of their life being independent people living with dignity and then have to have both of those things taken away from them.
Baby Boomers are turning 65 at a rate of almost 10,000 people per day. According to the CDC, people over the age of 65 have a 1 in 3 chance of falling. Once they fall, many of them have to be taken to the hospital and this accounts for over 2.3 million ER visits every year. Because of science and technology people are living longer than past generations and more family members are taking care of aging loved ones than in past generations.
I never knew any of this before I started working for Medical Guardian. Now I keep an eye out everyday for older folks who might need a hand on the street and I try to stop when I can to help them.
Will you do the same?