A belated observation on the media and how it portrays older people. Let hope for a New years’ resolution of more positive images in the year ahead.
The Times is a big political issue of the day, head down, serious newspaper. Recently was no different – 3 November 2014 – front page headlines about “immigration. Page 2 was given over to knocking the BBC, migrants and the EU.
Page 3 had no bare breasted women, only a spectacular half page Picture of Sir Robin Knox-Johnson, sextant in hand, on the deck of his yacht “Grey Power” about to set sail across the Atlantic single handed at the tender age of 75! It is 45 years since he broke records sailing around the world and he still hasn’t found his carpet slippers!
However, what caught my eye today in The Times was page 4:-
- A “Burden” Story – the concern was for the 45% of people in their 50’s who have to look after older parents of in laws.
- A “Neglect” story – concern for the 90% of nurses who don’t feel able to give the right care to dying patients.
- A “Loneliness” story – half a million older people will spend Christmas alone.
The good news on the top of the page was a really happy picture of two very happy older gentlemen riding a topless car over Westminster Bridge in the London to Brighton Vintage Car Run.
The moral is ——– don’t read the stories of misery ……………..