GrumbleSmiles blog outpourings over the last eight years have been a loosely linked series of issues all related to my years of experience working with older people and my own Age Rage :-
I started writing about this subject not because of environmental concerns, but because you can’t unpack things ! In the interest of the longevity of products, particularly foods, everything now seems to be double or tripple sealed, which presumably gives it a much longer shelf life. This is all very well for retailers, but it’s not at all convenient when you think about the longevity of some of their older customers. Poor eyesight and arthritic hands make opening many packages a real challenge. The temptation to use a sharp knife or scissors can make opening some packages a real hazardous activity. Packaging is certainly not age friendly and in the long term, goodness only knows, what the waste plastic and cardboard is doing to the planet.
After a lifetime of accumulation and a reluctance to discard or waste anything, lots of older people find their lives surrounded by clutter. Of course it’s not always called clutter, many things have sentimental value and are regarded as treasured possessions. The problem is, it’s not easy to draw the line between what you really need and what is nice to have. Therefore you usually end up with too much of everything. Then it gets in your way. You can trip over it, move it from shelf to shelf, stack it in drawers and cupboards, put it in the attic, garage, cellar if you’ve got one and generally just forget about it. The trouble is, in my case, the clutter is on my mind, but I have been so ineffectual about reducing it 😤
Pills and ills are a daily subject of conversation for many older people. The everyday aches and pains of old age are usually addressed with a tablet or two, or a swig of medicine or a liberally applied ointment. GPs and pharmacies exist in profusion to feed this appetite for cures. Whether this works or not, who knows, but we still keep taking the pills.
It used to be that “an apple a day keeps the doctor away”. But now it appears we all have to eat at least 5 pieces of fruit or veg a day. I guess that’s vegetarian inflation.
I doubt my blogs on these subjects have changed any behaviours, including my own, and I’m sure I will still be writing about them in years to come 🙂 🙂