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Old 09-30-2016, 04:01 PM
 
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Almost all the old people I knew when I was younger I either didn't like or they bored me because they talked too much about their health and/or about trivial things, and I still feel that way now at age 63. I would much rather be around someone 25 years younger than I am than someone 25 years older.

Maybe I have been unlucky or just narrow-minded about the elderly, but if I have always felt that way, then why would I expect young people to like or respect or pay attention to me just because I am now "old"? (The quotes are because I honestly don't feel old and I don't think that I act like I'm old, either.)

Anyway, my opinion is that in THIS respect, times have not really changed very much, as I think that most young people would rather be around other young people than old fogies.
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Old 09-30-2016, 04:56 PM
 
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I notice it at work. When i am new to a company I am eager to learn everything: these younger people seem so intoverted and uninterested and uninteresting to talk to. They rarely add value to anything and all arrows revolve around talking about themselves but really empty facts. Even when we are all letting our hair down they seem dumbfounded at how to add to anything.
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:13 PM
 
Location: Baker City, Oregon
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I've always lived by myself (by preference), so now that I am old and gray (76) I don't care that younger people don't pay much attention to me.

Just the other day a much younger cousin called me to make sure I was still alive.

To show actual proof that I was indeed alive I made this short video and emailed him the link. Older people here might recognize the apropos Tom Lehrer song.


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yrhI...ature=youtu.be
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:21 PM
 
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old fogies and geezers are disrespectful terms. disrespectful terminology does not help people get beyond stereotypes of older people.

Last edited by matisse12; 09-30-2016 at 05:32 PM..
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Old 09-30-2016, 05:22 PM
 
Location: Houston, TX
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Almost all the old people I knew when I was younger I either didn't like or they bored me because they talked too much about their health and/or about trivial things, and I still feel that way now at age 63. I would much rather be around someone 25 years younger than I am than someone 25 years older.

Maybe I have been unlucky or just narrow-minded about the elderly, but if I have always felt that way, then why would I expect young people to like or respect or pay attention to me just because I am now "old"? (The quotes are because I honestly don't feel old and I don't think that I act like I'm old, either.)

Anyway, my opinion is that in THIS respect, times have not really changed very much, as I think that most young people would rather be around other young people than old fogies.
Then that's their loss and my gain. Or maybe I'm just young and wise
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:07 PM
 
Location: AZ
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I am "old" and do not give a flip about young people whose noses are attached to a piece of technology or have no clue about much of anything such as changing a flat tire or knowing what tax bracket they are in. Their ignorance is boundless. Watch some videos where they are asked who the Vice President is or something related to communism.
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Old 09-30-2016, 07:55 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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These were my barber's words yesterday.

Do you agree with him that younger adults just don't pay attention to or respect older people like they used to?
Yes I do. I was just thinking about this today. I went to luch with a friend today, she's 82 and looks so good for her age. I was so taken back by the Hostess who seated us. Never smiled - was non-verbal and young. We were trying to chat with her and nothing...I see this a lot.

I always respected my elders. I still do. Parents (not all) just do not teach their kids that Older folks should be respected and tapped into for their wisdom. We have so much to offer these kids but they are not interested. Sad!
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Old 09-30-2016, 08:02 PM
 
Location: Los Angeles
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Almost all the old people I knew when I was younger I either didn't like or they bored me because they talked too much about their health and/or about trivial things, and I still feel that way now at age 63. I would much rather be around someone 25 years younger than I am than someone 25 years older.

Maybe I have been unlucky or just narrow-minded about the elderly, but if I have always felt that way, then why would I expect young people to like or respect or pay attention to me just because I am now "old"? (The quotes are because I honestly don't feel old and I don't think that I act like I'm old, either.)

Anyway, my opinion is that in THIS respect, times have not really changed very much, as I think that most young people would rather be around other young people than old fogies.

How sad - I am 63 yrs old and certainly not in a coffin yet but I am not 25 yrs old either. Most of my friends are between the ages of 60 to 82 yrs of age. My daughter and I do not see eye to eye on many things. I guess I am "old school" where you did treat older individuals with respect and just think of all the wisdom.

I had a client ( now deceased) who was good friends with Neil Armstrong - Astronaut. I did some work for the two of them and learned so much from the "Greatest Generation" - WWII.
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Old 10-01-2016, 07:22 AM
 
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I am "old" and do not give a flip about young people whose noses are attached to a piece of technology or have no clue about much of anything such as changing a flat tire or knowing what tax bracket they are in. Their ignorance is boundless. Watch some videos where they are asked who the Vice President is or something related to communism.
But don't you think that there are things they know, that you and I as older folks have no clue about?
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Old 10-01-2016, 10:38 AM
 
Location: southwestern PA
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I went to luch with a friend today, she's 82 and looks so good for her age. I was so taken back by the Hostess who seated us. Never smiled - was non-verbal and young. We were trying to chat with her and nothing...I see this a lot.
Meh... I see this as a bad hostess, not a great hostess who is social with everyone except me and my elderly friend.
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