I thought about words that sometimes come to mind when we say 'old'...
frail, vulnerable, nuisance, dependent, sick, forgetful, eccentric.
Are these words valid? unjust? cruel? abusive, maybe?
How do we react when we hear them?
What words should first come to mind ...
wise, mature, storyteller, safe harbour, hospitable, treasure, belonging.
When we use positive language to describe something,
it alters our mind-set and attitude.
We are more prepared to honour the inherent dignity of the person
rather than their difficulties.
These are readily accommodated as a small part of a wonderful human being.