Saturday, May 09, 2009

Hey, Oprah? Elders Need Love, Too!

My friend and fearless leader of the Elderbloggers, Ronni Bennett of Time Goes By has begun a crusade to encourage Oprah to support and address the issues of aging in our society. I say, "Amen and Hallelujah!" It's about time, Oprah, that you realize that, at 55, you're no longer a spring chicken, as my granny used to say and that aging can be a rich and vital experience if approached properly.

Besides, we elders of today aren't the same as our grandparents. We are great in numbers that are growing by leaps and bounds. Most of us are still active and interested in being included in society. All one has to do is read our blogs to learn what a diverse, active and engaged group we are. Oh, and I forgot "fun"! We like fun. We are not caricatures or objects for derision or disdain. We are here, for better or worse and we want you on our side, Oprah.

Dr. Bill Thomas, a physician, geriatrician, author and blogger at Changing Aging, made the excellent video below and makes an offer you shouldn't refuse, Oprah. Please join with him to improve the future for elders.

Happy Blogging!!!!!!!


  1. Kay,
    What a wonderful idea. I for one am enjoying my elder years more than I could possibly imagine. Add wisdom to the list of what elders have to offer. We have seen and lived through so much of life.
    Speaking for myself, I may not have done everything right the first time, but life has a way of repeating its lessons and through the years, I have gained a perspective that is wiser, less judgemental, and much more forgiving. Yes, there is a lot to learn from the elder's book of life's little lessons.

  2. Here, here, Kay! I'm right with you.

  3. I hope that, with all the attention on the web, Oprah will reconsider. We don't need more 30 or 40-year-olds telling us how to stay 'young' forever or acting as though 20-something sets the standard for all time and people. Perhaps that is one reason why I don't watch any talk shows, including Oprah.

  4. Thanks for this post, Kay. I haven't read Ronni lately, but I will.

  5. I put it up on Facebook...


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