The Curse of Old Age:
In this mighty world everyone wants to live longer and happier, exception would be there with only a few, those who are in suffering would have other opinion, else everyone would have the same opinion, but, irony to this is that no one wants to grow old. As old age is considered as age of diseases, suffering and seen as an undesirable, problem-ridden phase of life, until the final exit visas are stamped from life itself.
In this modern age when people are busy with their fast pace of life, no one has the time and willingness to care for those who aren’t capable to match with same fast pace of life and it seems that old age cuts down the pace of life, hence old age is seen as a fearful phase of life. It seems to increase as each day passes and the world become more complex and less comprehensible.
In the good olden days, life was much simpler and values were counted for more and those who reached the retirement age had an enviable place in society where they could really relax and enjoy their twilight years, secure in the knowledge that they still commanded attention, respect, affection and lives a happy peaceful life with their loved ones, but now the situation has changes so much, so that the old people are left out in the fast phase of life.
Being busy with work, its complexities and hassles of life, people long to get retired but once they retire, they find themselves lonely, depressed and phased out from the younger generation, Throughout one’s good life, one is busy thinking his near and dear ones, caring for them, working, earning for them and has little time to think for himself and anything else that bothers him. But towards end of their lifetime one suddenly faces days of isolation with little to do, move around and to make things worse if the spouse is separated. For not so lucky ones these days are longer and emptier. It is unfortunate but whenever we think of old age, what automatically come to mind are visions of loneliness and neglect.
And to add to woes failing health and illness further brings a picture of helpless despair. Though it is true that every stage of life has its own problems and solutions, but problems associated with old age are seems complex and insurmountable because the physical ability and mental resilience to cope with adverse situations are vastly reduced, above all, if there is no one around to support with solutions to their problems, then life becomes much harder.
With too much time to looks back and analyze life. If set ambitions and the goals haven’t been achieved or worked out as desired, then self-criticism and agony doubles the pain. The lack of self-confidence in old age is quite common, particularly with out proper monetary support and their children at the peak of their lives and repeatedly ignoring them between the busy schedules of life and their plans do not include them or count them one among the group.
Old age brings in too many changes in life physically and mentally, there is often a general physical decline and people become less active. Old age can cause, amongst other things like wrinkles and liver spots on the skin, hair loss, change of hair color, lessened hearing abilities, diminished eyesight, slower reaction times and agility, reduced ability to think clearly, difficulty recalling memories, lack of ability to concentrate, forgetfulness, inability to speak, to hear, to see, lessening or cessation of sex, sometimes because of physical symptoms such as erectile dysfunction in men, but often decline in libido, greater susceptibility to injuries,bone diseases such as osteoarthritis, osteoporosis and etc.
Old people say nothing and sit in a vegetative state with out much response or reactions and find themselves phased out from the younger generation that doesn’t have time and willingness to share matters with them and take them along.