Be nice to old people. They don't have it easy. This request is self-serving because I'm considered old already (by some)... and will be older still when you come along. I'll need your kindness and your patience. Getting old is not for sissies.
Charlie (Therapy Dog) and I went to visit our old friends at the rest home today. They really enjoy seeing the dog... and talking to me. It's not much of a conversation as they don't really care what I have to say, they just want someone to listen. They want to be heard. They've earned the right and so that's exactly what I (and Charlie) do.
Sometimes we forget that losing our sense of independence can be a very frightening experience. I don't like it even on a temporary basis... I can't imagine how I'll feel when I see it slipping away permanently. We all need to be reminded to be respectful, kind, patient and loving... even when it's difficult.