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Elara

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Since: 08-15-04
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Posted on 05-05-11 11:05 PM Link | Quote
So, I am just curious about something. In tv shows, movies, etc, when you see depictions of old people and they are shown as neglected, suffering, killed, etc how much does it get to you?

I have noticed more and more that I seem to be one of the people they apparently target with such images. For example, in the season five finale of Star Trek TNG (when they go back to 19th century San Francisco) they show an old homeless 49er that is killed, but before that you see him begging on the streets for money because he "fell down a shaft". Right before he is killed he looks so pitiful it actually made me cry. In the fourth episode of the next season (Relics) they have Scotty turn up and the entire first half is depicting him as feeling useless and obsolete, and as he is sitting alone in his quarters and no one takes the time to sit and talk to him I again just wanted to tear up.

That is just two examples. That kind of thing gets me all the time, especially when it is sweet little old ladies. Perhaps it is because my mom is in her 70s and I can easily see it being her (even though she isn't really that sweet).

I am just curious if it actually effects anyone else to this level or if it is just me. I didn't always react like this... I think it started when I saw an old man begging on a street corner back in 2006. The guy had to be in his 80s at least and he was shaking so bad he could barely hold his sign. I wasn't working and barely had any money, but just the fact that I wanted to help and couldn't do anything made me break into tears.
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Posted on 05-06-11 01:53 AM Link | Quote
Unfortunately, all of our homeless around here seem to be elderly, what's even more unfortunate is that they use all of the money that they panhandled for alcohol... they're notorious for it. I feel bad simply because of the choice to drown their sorrows every single night instead of using the money to do something to make themselves genuinely happy for a change.

Now me, I tear up whenever I hear of the elderly being abused by staff of nursing homes or never being visited by their families in said places. My mother used to work at Horton Plaza when I was a child and I was the closest thing to a grandbaby that a lot of them had ever seen when I visited, and some of them were great grandparents! It was absolutely disgusting that these people would simply leave their family to wither away in that place, no matter how comfortable it was. To be forgotten is far worse than death.

Edit: To add to this, completely on the contrary... I despise my own grandfather. He manipulates people to get what he wants and doesn't have a nice bone in his body. I feel badly for him because he's losing these marbles a lot in these recent years but he still has common sense, which he typically ignores. He's also the reason why I believe that the elderly should be required to take a driving test every single year to keep their driving privileges, he takes to the road like a complete maniac!


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Posted on 05-06-11 01:56 AM Link | Quote
I'm just going to leave this right here.

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Posted on 05-06-11 01:59 AM Link | Quote
Originally posted by Rogue
I'm just going to leave this right here.

That's evil. That scene is weapons-grade tear fuel for me! T_T
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Posted on 05-06-11 02:02 AM Link | Quote
You're telling me. I've seen it so many times and I'm dabbing away tears right now.
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Posted on 05-06-11 02:03 AM Link | Quote
Make that two of us.
Rogue
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Posted on 05-06-11 02:04 AM Link | Quote
The scene that REALLY gets me is when he finally goes through the Adventure book later.
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Since: 08-15-04
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Posted on 05-06-11 11:31 AM Link | Quote
Yeah, I teared up just looking at the still on the video link... that whole film is like my kryptonite.
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