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Weekly Insights: Why Is It Hard To Get Old?...

The term "ageism" was born in the 1930's, when other forms of discrimination were booming. It was a way for the young and middle aged to create power over those who were older than they were. Ageism is said to start around 45 years old and only get stronger as the result of physical changes becoming more and more apparent. This is why the Botox and Plastic Surgery industry have increased by 40% since 2020. Research shows that video technology has brought beauty and youth to the forefront in order to have "success" on an online platform level, and the botox market is at about $4.4 billion globally because of it. There are 700 million people in the world who are over the age of 60, so what is so bad about getting older when we all know that we are much wiser and at peace as we age and gain life experiences?

Our current society does not embrace the elderly. There is talk of getting rid of social security, there are less jobs or areas of serving community for the elderly, mobility declines, memory and cognitive development declines, health care costs increase, and there is a bigger need for more help and support with daily tasks. The end of life mirrors the beginning of life. Just like babies need help with daily life duties, the elderly also need our support. With all of their wisdom, knowledge, and understanding, elderly people are treasures to all generations. Those who help old people, serve elderly populations, or simply choose to take care of their elderly family members, are blessed with a rich history and an encyclopedia of invaluable information and memories. There are lessons learned, risks taken, and wisdom earned. Not only