No Place For Sissies

 Bette Davis said “Old Age Ain’t No Place For Sissies”. When we get there ourselves we figure out what she meant.

I asked Bard, a Google collaborative product that uses artificial intelligence (AI ), to answer the question “What are the issues facing senior citizens”. It came up with the following in a matter of seconds.

Senior citizens face a number of challenges, including:

* Physical health: As we age, our bodies naturally start to decline. This can lead to a variety of health problems, such as heart disease, stroke, cancer, diabetes, and Alzheimer’s disease.
* Mental health: Mental health problems, such as depression, anxiety, and loneliness, are also common among seniors.
* Financial security: Many seniors live on a fixed income, which can make it difficult to afford healthcare, housing, and other necessities.
* Social isolation: As we age, we may lose friends and family members to death or illness. This can lead to social isolation, which can have a negative impact on our physical and mental health.
* Ageism: Ageism is prejudice or discrimination against people based on their age. It can manifest in a variety of ways, such as being denied housing or employment, or being treated with disrespect.

There are a number of things that can be done to help seniors overcome these challenges. These include:

* Access to quality healthcare: Seniors need access to quality healthcare to manage their chronic health conditions and prevent new ones.
* Financial assistance: Seniors who live on a fixed income may need financial assistance to afford healthcare, housing, and other necessities.
* Social support: Seniors need social support from friends, family, and community members to stay connected and engaged.
* Education and awareness: Education and awareness about the challenges facing seniors can help to reduce ageism and promote respect for older adults.

It can be a daunting on-going challenge. As Bette says, it’s no place for sissies.

We all have a role to play in helping seniors live healthy, happy, and fulfilling lives. By working together, we can create a society where all seniors are valued and respected.


The more we reflect on old age and death, the more we see it as a natural process. It is nothing extraordinary. If we prepare ourselves in this way, then when such events actually happen, the work of accepting them as a very normal part of our life is already done. We can simply think, “Now is the period where my life’s end is coming.” I think that is a better approach.

Dalai Lama