I am writing to say thank you for featuring the “Georgia Senior Follies” in the Forsyth County News on Oct. 25. So many members of our valuable aging population are forgotten about, or even worse, discounted as being unable or uninterested in being active members of our community. The work that the Russell family is doing at the Cumming Playhouse is important because it offers a chance for the 55+ age group to actively demonstrate their many talents and entertainment abilities. It is also important that you, the Forsyth County News, continue to feature stories such as this that shine a positive light on our elders.
Our elders often face ageism and discrimination from the general population because they are discredited as simply being “old people,” when in reality they are perfectly capable of being contributing members of society. Alan Pope of Duquesne University said, “elderly people in the United States today are not treated with..respect and reverenc..” and I could not agree more. It is time that we as a community stand up for our elders and advocate for them to be included in activities that keep them active in society. A change needs to be made so that our elders are not faced with the negative stigma associated with growing older. Aging is a natural process and one that deserves our utmost respect.
I commend you for featuring this article and I look forward to seeing more articles of a similar nature in the Forsyth County News.