If we wrote children off as quickly as we have written the older generation off, the streets would be awash with deliquents, excluded from society, no-where to go and nothing to do. Imagine older people roaming around the streets bored?
Its shameful that some pensioners accept their fate of loneliness and boredom as part of growing old and that they have become a forgotten generation, the time has come to make a stand. Just because they sit behind closed doors does not mean that we can ignore them or that they do not exist.
I think we forget that one day we will grow old, pushing it to the back of our minds and this is a reminder. If we do not facilitate older people's needs and introduce more activities and a local volunteer bureau to encourage a befriending service, we too can look forward to old age and emptiness.
This article does not intend to undermine those older people who need busy and active lives. perhaps they could offer an olive branch to those housebound and immobile and less fortunate than themselves. It is most certainly a time for recognition and change.