Anyway, those who have worked with me, or who have the pleasure of being mutually connected on FB, will know that I get a little irate about generational stereotypes, particularly of 'the elderly' ( as in 'the who?' rather than The Who ...).
I'm bored of 'the elderly' who are 'bed-blocking' 'grannies' who wear 'cardigans' - and by assumptions that everyone over state pension age is a) stinking rich b) ate every younger generation's pies (so to speak) c) needs 24 hour care d) doesn't have a functioning brain and e) Cannot Make Own Decisions.
It's old fashioned. It's boring. It's outmoded. It's lazy. Pack it in, everuone who's doing it. And please cut out all the nonsense about 'baby boomers': mostly used by people who have no idea what this means. It's a bit like 'Millennial' (?), a frankly meanignless term which seems to mean everyone aged 18-35, which means everyone born between 1981 and 1998. I'd have thought a Millennial meant being born in 2000, but then, hey, I was born in the 1960s so am apparently rapidly heading for the 'elderly' bed blocking' 'idiot' stage. Clearly.
Which isn't really a story. But hopefully the next bit is: I decided I'd come up with some alternative ways of stereotyping adults in each decade. Enjoy (we hope!) :-)
Everyone in their 20s works zero hours contracts and has the attention span of that animated dog Doug from the film - *squirrel*
Those in their 30s are a slightly surprising combination of The Backstreet Boys and Mother Theresa: we're gonna save the world, man/dude!! Just hang on a minute while we brush out the artisinal breadcrumbs from our organic sandals, and unpack from our latest long-distance flight.
People in their 40s are trying to pretend they're not. Some, in their efforts to retain their youth, revert too far back and re-enter adolescence. Meh.
Those in their 50s are thinking either 'WTF?' or 'When the hell did that happen?' Many are thinking both. All the time.
People in their 60s are keeping their fingers tightly crossed that they can hang on financially until their pensions kick in, meanwhile battling the 20-somethings for those fine zero hours jobs.
Everyone in their 70s breathes a collective sigh of relief. Then tries to fit 3 decades' worth of what they really wanted to do in life into the next 10 years.
Those in their 80s wonder how come it seems it was only 10 years ago that they were aged 35.
People in their 90s look on - bemused and amused, often in equal measure. Sometimes not.
Everyone in their 100s puts it down to alcohol. Except for the odd killjoy, who claims it's a result of hard work and gravy. Fortunately, no one listens to them. Ever.