Making It Harder to be Old

As someone old enough to be Frank Devine’s aunt, I would like to report on a few extra years’ experience of the handicaps of old age (“On Being Older”, September 2007). A growing public scandal is the peculiar trend to make it harder for the ageing to avoid being a problem. With all the public hand-wringing about what a looming catastrophe to society the growing numbers of us helpless old people are going to be, there are short-sighted (sic) people in the business of making them more helpless. Short-sighted because one day they too may be older than they are…

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