American Culture and the Elderly
An older member states "....remember what CULTURE you're in! Our society - the very society that created Hearst - doesn't value older, wiser, more experienced & educated people...."
This is the American culture. How many of you have seen your parents or grandparents put into nursing homes or assisted living establishments?
You justify this by saying 'they're old and this is what's best for them'.
You love them dearly, I don't doubt that, they are in fact your parents and grandparents. But you don't want to deal with them everyday.. especially when they get older and lose more physical or mental abilities. Bluntly, you want them out of the way so you can live your own life - nothing wrong with that.. in American culture.
In other cultures, specifically Asians, Italians, and Hispanics... they value their parents and elders. It's very common to see these families take in their aging parents into their households.
Why do you think you hardly see asians or hispanics in nursing homes or assisted living quarters? This is the American culture and as the asian/hispanic children who were born and raised in America age, they will adopt that culture and start placing them in nursing homes.
- Asked by Female, 29-35, Law Enforcement