There was a legal notice in the paper to condemn Mrs. Jacquline Crayton’s house that got me thinking. This is the same home that family and friends gathered in front of for a vigil after she was found dead on the floor from a non-life threatening fall three years earlier.
Removing the home from our sight hopefully won’t remove the lesson we all should have learned from her death. Isolation is a contributing factor in abuse, neglect and exploitation of seniors.
The perception that aging is a process of deterioration and dependency contribute to the expectation that seniors are supposed to disappear off the radar, like her house. Isolation is a sanction for bad behavior in prison and should not be an automatic sanction for seniors as they age in our community.
Kelly Cross, Seguin