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Let’s embrace our seniors

Published:Thursday | April 6, 2017 | 4:00 AM

THE EDITOR, Sir:

Age prejudice threat to social order is a timely and serious commentary on the treatment of the aged in our society.

The seeming intolerance directed at mature and level-headed older people by the younger generation, and the sheer stupidity that the moment one gets beyond age 40 they should just step aside, is rank nonsense.

The older population of our country represents our most valuable resource and should be cherished and encouraged to continue to make the valuable contribution that we make daily to society.

Imagine the state of affairs if all our doctors, CEOs, nurses, police officers and MPs, ministers of government should walk away from their positions simply because they are over the age of 50 or 60. The country would come to a screeching halt.

Imagine the state of our country if we were to join the band of reckless drivers and 'shottas' and 'scammers' who wreak havoc on our roads and community every day.

But the big shame in the treatment handed out to seniors lies in the fact the Charter of Fundamental Rights and Freedom, as set out in the amendment to the Constitution, provides absolutely no protection against discrimination because of age.

Let us embrace our seniors and show the love and respect we have earned.

As one thing is certain, we are all going to live to ripe old age or we will all die young: take your pick.

Winston D. Barrett