As to the rest of it, who hasn't put something in a place and had trouble locating it later? Keys, glasses, remote controls, phones...are all relatively small, all are often in our hands when we go to change locations or find we need both hands. So it is easy to place them somewhere unusual making them hard to locate later.
As to forgetting where one is going; who hasn't been lost in thought while driving and passed up their exit? Back when our Hannah Bug was in the younger grades, she rode the bus most every day to school. Once in awhile, for one reason or another I'd drop her at school in the morning on my way to work instead. She'd settle into the car, stick her nose in a book and be totally quiet. Me being accustomed to being in the car by myself, I found us a mile or two out of town on several occasions before realizing I still had Hannah in the car! It became a standing joke with us.
Yet, this reminds me of a serious, ugly problem I see happening all around: older persons being painted with the broad stroke of ageism.
" is unacceptable behavior that occurs as a result of the belief that older people are of less value than younger people."
There is a current commercial for a service to help children help their parents manage their money. The ad literally makes my blood boil! They make the blanket statement that "as we age, we lose the ability to handle money." Hogwash! I have personally never known an older individual who couldn't handle their money. In fact, most budget, plan and decide when to splurge as well or better then they did in their younger years.
I overhear and see many times, things that allude older people don't want to try anything new, be it technology, social media, foods they never ate before, or music of a new type or genre. Older persons might be a little more selective in what new things they try, but every older person I know is open to some new things, with many mastering them with excitement.
I could give many more examples, but the bottom line is that all people do not age in the same way and at the same rate. Decline in one area does not mean all of one's faculties are gone. They have experiences and insights younger people can't have yet. Just as this new and changing world is giving the younger people a different set of experiences and insights. Instead of warring and disrespecting, perhaps the generations should try respecting one another and combining a century's worth of living into answers for ourselves and our world.
What's the latest "new" thing you have tried? Have you experienced ageism directed at you? Do you you have a problem valuing persons of a generation not of your own?
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