My view, Bill Morrison - Who cares about over 50s

Bill Morrison, Chair of Doncaster 50 Plus.

Bill Morrison, Chair of Doncaster 50 Plus.

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You have turned 50, time is swiftly moving on, and you realise that getting much older is a distinct possibility.

Every day we read or hear of a new cut to services, benefits and a whole raft of measures to balance the books. Hard to swallow but in many ways necessary for the future.

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A Generic photo of of a mature couple, going through their finances and looking worried. See PA Feature LIFESTYLE Pensions. PA Photo / Generic / pensioners / retirement / elderly couple

So what do we do, many of us simply accept it as inevitable and carry on regardless. So why do we complain that nobody cares when we often don’t care enough ourselves to do our bit to bring about change.

I frequently hear from our 50-plus members and the public at large that our care services are in many ways not tailored to the needs of the cared for.

For example, the dementia patient who needs continuity and consistency in their care, but what they get is the opposite.

A regular change of carer is confusing for the cared for and their family.

Then, there is the elderly lady or gentleman who needs a home visit from their doctor.

Oh dear we can’t do that, can’t you get to the surgery is a standard answer from the receptionist who thinks they are a doctor. How can poor Mr or Mrs Jones do that, their condition is such that they haven’t left the house for 10 years or more, and the bright young thing answering the phone can’t operate the computer to tell her that.

No appointments today computer says NO. There are many things within our health and care provision that too often take a one-size-fits-all view. It must change, we are individuals and we all need treating as such.

I hold the view that life is a conveyor belt, if you’re lucky, or rich enough to buy it, you will be sorted before you fall off the other end into oblivion.

I will come back to all that another day, but in the meantime don’t shy away from complaining. When you reach a certain age complaining is one of life’s great pleasures.

Now what else is annoying me just now, ah yes transport.

They tell me I can travel on the bus for free (but only when “they say so”) and definitely not on the train. WHY NOT?

If they want me to pay a small amount towards the cost, like we have done in the past, then I will. But why deny me the right to travel freely, do they not consider that not all oldies have, or got access to a car and for many the cost of bus and rail travel is prohibitive?

Are we to be consigned to a six-hour window per day in which we can move freely after which we get back to our cocoa and slippers.

I hope to raise many of the issues facing older people in future rants, but WHO CARES? Doncaster 50 Plus cares about you and your tomorrow.

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