Since I have returned from my summer holiday, I have to admit my blog has stalled. I can’t seem to find the Grumbles to turn into Smiles. Sure enough there are still plenty of grumbles out there — the newspapers abound with articles about the plight of the elderly; stories keep being repeated about poor quality care and the paucity of pensions —- but little seems to change.
When thinking about this country’s strategies for older people, the word “befuddled” came into my head from nowhere. I was not even sure what it meant, so I googled it. Then I realised it was entirely appropriate to current situation with the lack of a clear social policy toward the elderly.
Here are a few synonyms for “befuddled” and how they resonate for the elderly :-
- Bewildered – by the failure to take off of equity release schemes. Which could be a pot of gold at the end of the later life rainbow, but look more like minefields.
- Baffled – by pensions and annuities which never seem appealing in youthful years, but are a lifeline in retirement. Albeit an ever-shortening lifeline.
- Perplexed – by the get-rich-quick, buy-one-get-one-free culture of today. What happened to saving for a rainy day?
- Dazed – by ever rising energy costs. Somehow our North Sea oil bonanza has disappeared without bringing cost down and now windmills are springing up everywhere.
- flummoxed – by computers which should be making my life simpler but in reality for the majority of older people, make more and more things unfathomable, especially when they break down.
- Puzzled – by the internet which simultaneously opens up a new world of opportunity and chaos.
There’s more to follow