The Elderly – are we worth saving?

19th March 2020 

“When the chips are down the true nature of humans comes to the fore, the nature of some, leaves much to be desired! – SueW! I couldn’t find a quote so wrote my own!

holding hands 2Today I’m linking my post to RDP’s Hold My Hand and as a second response to our Wednesday Challenge from Weekly Prompts.

This weekend the UK will see the official start of self-isolation for those who are vulnerable because of health problems and for the over 70’s. 

My youngest daughter Sophie suffers from Asthma, and due to several childhood and teenage bouts of pneumonia, she has lung damage. Needless to say, contracting the Coronavirus could be devastating, therefore she will self-isolate at home with her five-year-old daughter Evie. To protect her from further risk, her teenage sons will stay with their father Sophie’s ex-husband.

Don’t judge a book by its cover!

This morning the first hour of shopping at Sainsbury’s supermarkets was dedicated to the vulnerable and those over 70. Sophie chose to take the opportunity to buy essentials. 

Wearing her disposable gloves, Sophie collected her trolley and to stop Evie touching everything she instructed her daughter to hold her hand. Once inside the store, they began to look for the items they needed, but as more and more members of the older community began to glare and frown at her, Sophie soon began to feel very uncomfortable.

Trolley Rage

A man deliberately ran his trolley into anyone who was in his path, and a woman came up to Sophie and told her aggressively – “You have no right to be here, this hour is for the Under 70s, it’s not for you!” Sophie calmly answered  “I think you mean the Over 70s, and it’s also for the vulnerable which I am!” The woman simply said ‘Oh’ and walked away without an apology.

The Empty Shelves

As a single mother, Sophie cannot afford to buy in bulk, she shops as and when required, but this week the shelves were bare. So, the other evening, eldest daughter Victoria, armed with Sophie’s shopping list, toured the supermarkets in the area in an attempt to purchase essential items for her; she managed half the items, plus a couple of treats from one sister to another!

This morning in Sainsbury’s the shelves were just as bare as they were earlier in the week, no toilet rolls, no disinfectant, no hand wash and there wasn’t even a loaf of bread! Sophie purchased eggs, butter, yoghurts and apples. 

Why would Sainsbury’s offer this exclusive hour if they have nothing worthwhile to offer? Cynic as I am, I couldn’t help wondering if this gesture had more to with good publicity than good will!

(C) 2020 ‘Hold My Hand from Brian (Bushboy) at RDP (Ragtag Community) also loosly linked to Elbow Bump from Weekly Prompts.

Clipart supermarket (C) Ron Atkinson 2007, hands courtesy of Google.

41 thoughts on “The Elderly – are we worth saving?

    1. You are so right, Jane, I am wondering whether I should have called this post Humanity – are we worth saving! Thank you very much for commenting, 🙂


  1. Let’s hope we get back to normal as soon as possible. It seems crazy how some people, of all ages, can be quite nasty and downright selfish. I wonder what makes people act like this? I hope you all get through it ok, Sue.

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      1. I went in a Lidl this morning. They had no newspapers. I wonder if they’ve been bought as alternative toilet paper (like the good old days). If so, I could make a killing by selling off all the 4 and 6 inch nails I have in the shed!

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      2. I can hardly remember the toilet at our first house let alone what we used when nature called (I am very polite) but I remember my Nana’s outside toilet very clearly, she had perfect neat squares of newspaper with a hole through each one and threaded with string!

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      3. Nana was grandads sister and always wore a headscarf and a cross-over apron. She looked after my cousins and my brother and me. She would have done well right now, she had all of us washing our hands umpteen times a day, she was obsessive about cleanliness and that was a rare thing back then!

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    1. My family doctor once told me that his older patients were more difficult than any other group. Bad tempered impatient and bad mannered.
      Well, they certainly behaved that way today!
      Thankfully, I don’t know anyone who is like that!
      Thank you, Maureen 🙂


  2. I am so sorry for what your daughter experienced. That is so uncalled for. People with that kind of attitude are probably the same ones hoarding all the toilet paper. Shameful, any which way you look at it.

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    1. It is awful, isn’t it – I cannot understand why people behave that way. Sophie could have understand curious stares from people wondering what her hidden illness could be, but this lot were unpleasant and all about themselves, this hour was theirs and they weren’t happy about sharing it with a forty year old!
      Thank you, Lois 🙂


  3. I think once one starts categorising people, it gives rise to all sorts of discrimination and misunderstandings. Here, we don’t have special hours for old people, because almost everyone is either old or ancient. I’m sorry your daughter experienced nastiness and especially no apology.

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    1. We don’t normally have special hours for older people either. One or two supermarkets have dedicated a special hour this week simply because of the three month self-isolation that begins here at the weekend.
      Thank you, Sylvia 🙂

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  4. Murphy's Law

    Good grief! Has the whole world gone crazy? Good manners, kindness, and being sensitive to the needs of others have been in a sharp decline for years. Now, when we all should be pulling together, helping each other and recognizing that we’re all in the same boat, those simple courtesies are non-existent. I’m so sorry Sophie and Evie were treated so badly. It makes my blood boil how unkind and selfish people can be.

    I’m not aware of any stores open in my area who are designating a block of time for seniors, and those in any age group who are at high risk, to shop in a somewhat less congested store. Very nice gesture.

    We certainly have had the rug pulled out from under us. Hopefully at least some of the fear will abate and cooler heads will prevail.

    I wish you and your family well. I wish the world community well. May we all remember to be kind to each other and respectful. Be safe.
    🐾Ginger 🐾

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    1. I should have labelled this post – Is Humanity worth saving not The Elderly because this behaviour is not limited to older people.

      Sophie filled her car with petrol today so that she can at least get up here and now that the weather is improving and we can meet outdoors instead of inside and perhaps soon we can eat outdoors, we’re so fortunate to have our outdoor space where we can keep our safe distance and not see outsiders.

      Thank you so much, Ginger 🙂


  5. I think everybody is worth saving if at all possible, my latest post may help to put things in perspective
    In World War One troops who came home and were medically unfit were given a silver badge which they could wear on their lapel which said Services rendered for King and Empire which proved to others that even though these men looked fit they were in fact medically unfit which stopped people abusing them and giving them white feathers for cowardice. Perhaps we could do something similar?


    1. The title is tongue in cheek not intended to be taken seriously – I so agree about bulk buying it is so selfish.
      I haven’t purchased anything extra even though I will be confined to home for the next three months.

      Thank you for the link – I have to disagree with your upbeat thoughts of more people dying from flu, have you seen the numbers in Italy? Army trucks are now removing the high number of coffins. They don’t do that for flu!

      It’s imperative we listen to Boris, take the virus seriously and do exactly as we are told.

      The supermarket incident reminded me of those loud mouthed people who have a go at the few who take a disabled parking space but show no visible disablement, they are unable to think beyond the obvious visible.

      Thank you for your comments, Joe.

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    1. I can understand why there are so many empty shelves, all those foolish people panic buying, but you would have thought the store could have organised a bread delivery early. The dedicated hour was only announced the day before so they must have known they didn’t have any essentials to offer.
      The suppliers say there’s more than enough for everyone, if only those who are bulk buying would cease and just buy what they need.

      Thank you, Brian 🙂

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  6. gc

    Reblogged this on THE MAIN AISLE (c) 2020 and commented:
    Seniors are worth saving and respecting and deserving of consideration. I am a senior in my early 70’s and notice that “younger” folks at times look at me and others in my age bracket with contempt. Susan’s article globalizes the was senior’s and the disabled are treated with little or no respect. A good and informative read. – gc

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    1. Thank you for re-blogging the article, it’s appreciated. The behaviour from some seniors taking part in this early morning shopping hour was not worthy of anyone’s respect. After giving it more thought, Sophie came to the conclusion that many of these seniors probably live alone and could be frightened at the prospect of three months of never leaving our homes, not to mention the concern we all feel about contracting the virus.

      You do know the title was not meant to be taken seriously, don’t you🙂


  7. Never did I imagine March Madness would take this form across the globe. When I read of this kind of stockpiling happening in other countries, I wonder whether they know something that we in this part don’t. Anyway, we all wait, watch and yes, pray.

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  8. It is amazing how human-beans can turn everything into chaos so quickly…when we need everyone to remain calm. Panic buying, hoarding food, etc. = 😦
    Of course, we believe everyone is worth saving. But, we, also, know sometimes the well-seasoned folks are “invisible” to others, or are seen as less important. 😦
    When the elderly are in a bed ill, I encourage their family members to put of a photo of the person by their bed so the young staff can see that they were once young, too. And even tell them somethings about the elderly person’s life and accomplishments. I think that helps the young staff see them as an important, viable person and not just “another old person.”
    Stay safe and healthy, Sue!
    (((HUGS))) and ❤

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    1. My son went shopping at seven this morning. He said there were still empty shelves. Every item was limited to four per customer but if that includes 4 packs of loo rolls isn’t that still excessive? He didn’t need a lot, just food for the week. As a teacher he will be in school as usual with all the children of key workers. He doesn’t want to shop again until next weekend. Thank you, Lisa 🙂

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