FCATA – Blog 5

Hi all,

I just caught up with the overnight comments to the Chronicle story yesterday.  There was a new post from someone in Blacktown NSW – who reads the Chronicle in Blacktown?

Their comment was:

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” …Posted by pursuit250 from Blacktown Dc, New South Wales

19 January 2011 6:30 p.m. |

personally i think we should all stop work, retire and go on the pension, ive said this before…. could you imagine if every working person just said stuff it, im sick and tired of these peaple who just want to bleed this pension system dry, and the tax payer just cops it sweet and pays for it, what would the goverment do then….. ITS A WHOLE $1.40 you cant be for real?????? Ok here,s an idea!!!!!! dont go to the pool and pay $1.40, go out the back yard, turn the tap on and wet your self down, dont pensioners get a consesion on water bills…. problem solved

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I responded – can’t help myself – they only had room for 1500 characters and the full response is copied below:

” …

Oh to be young and not have to care about the elderly and less advantaged persons still living in our communities …

If one talks to any Carer group Nationwide – or to the aged and disadvantaged – they will tell you that helping this targeted demographic stay Independent will not only save $billions in the long run – but it will give them a better quality of life.

There not asking for a handout – god knows they fought the WARS and paid their taxes during their lives – but the opportunity to exercise and socialise among their own kind with Carer assistance.

A little bit of forward planning now – will help all of us in the future – including this younger group who do not realise that one day they too will be older and frail – this is not just about getting a ‘discount’ but offering encouragement to get targeted groups to get out, exercise and socialise in an environment where their disabilities are monitored and provided for.  Changing the communities attitudes about caring for those who need just a smidgen of help and recognition – needs to be addressed – there is a problem with that and that is it does not create a revenue stream for the promoters –

What is the alternative – pass 60 and life extinguishes – how about 50 in 15 years time when our planet population explodes past 10 billion – then 40 in another 10 years –

You say it won’t happen – well I say that ask your young teenage children if they want to spend a day with their grandparents and perhaps push them around in a wheelchair – that will give you the message that life has become about the next generation and we have swallowed it all –

Largely – there is a great ignorance within communities about the real CARER groups who attend to the needs and requirements of the elderly and disadvantaged – why when confronted with the realism of what we will all face at some point down the line – all naysayers do is want attack and ‘give a spray’ to those who carry the message …

This is our society … it can only improve if people recognise that by allowing these aging and disabled persons to try to stay as independent as possible – for as long as possible – it helps all demographics and gives them opportunity to self-help and still feel a part of their community …

Depression is a slow and debilitating disease – as these marginalised groups become more isolated and alone – this disease becomes more entrenched – if it is not rectified within the first 6-12 months – it can last for years and until they pass away –

There is good in everybody – it just needs to be given to opportunity to shine – caring for someone is a gift that presents so many emotive rewards – Our Leaders need to foster the promotion of this ‘less about me’ and what ‘I can do for someone else’ awareness.

Come on – lets us get a little bit real about this issue – in this place – at this time – and what it really represents – awareness of those less advantaged then most – and what communities can do to encourage and promote a better quality of life for them – and feel good about doing it. …’

It will be interesting just how it is edited if the Chronicle decides to post the response …

cya … Ian.

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  1. Warwick
    January 20, 2011 at 11:20 am

    Mr or Ms Pursuit250 of Blacktown dc NSW onya

  2. January 20, 2011 at 11:28 am

    Hi all …

    This is what the Chronicle posted:

    ‘… Oh to be young and not have to care about the elderly and less advantaged persons still living in our communities … you talk to any Carer group Nationwide and they will tell you that helping this targeted demographic stay Independent will save $billions in the long run –

    A little bit of forward planning now will help all of us in the future – this is not just about getting a ‘discount’ but encouragement to get target groups to get out, exercise and socialise in an environment where their disabilities are provided for. Changing attitudes about caring for those who need just a smidgen of help and recognition –

    Largely – there is a great ignorance within communities about the real CARER groups who attend to the needs and requirements of the elderly and disadvantaged – why when confronted with the realism of what we will all face at some point down the line – all naysayers do is attack and ‘give a spray’ to those who carry the message …

    This is our society … it can only improve if people recognise that by allowing these aging and disabled persons to try and stay as independent as possible – for as long as possible – it helps all demographics and gives them opportunity to self help and still feel a part of their community …

    Come on – lets us get a little bit real about this issue and what it really represents – awareness of those less advantaged then most and what communities can do to encourage and promote a better quality of life for them. …’

    They did it justice …

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