Let's put our Senior Citizens in jail

Ann Hinds By Ann Hinds, 3rd Nov 2010 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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There are some very good reasons to put our Senior Citizens in jail. This thought is not mine but the implications so profound, it needs to be shared.

Someone's vision of how it should be

This is from the Free Neighborhood Newsletter, dated November 2010, Volume 10, Issue 11, Orangecrest/Mission/Woodcrest, California.

"Let's put our senior citizens in jail and the criminals in nursing homes.

This way, the seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks. They'd receive free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs and they'd receive money instead of paying it out.

They would have constant video monitoring so they could be helped instantly if they fell or needed assistance.

Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them.

A guard would check on them every 20 minutes and bring their meals and snacks to their cells. They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.

They would have access to a library, weight room, spiritual counseling, pool and education. Simple clothing, shoes, slippers, P.J.'s and legal aid would be free on request.

Private secure rooms for all with an exercise outdoor yard with gardens. Each senior could have a PC, TV, radio and daily phone calls. There would be a board of directors to hear complaints and guards would have a code of conduct that would be strictly adhered to.

The "Criminals" in a nursing home would get cold food, be left all alone and unsupervised. Lights would go off at 8pm and they would get showers once a week.

They would live in a tiny room and pay $5000.00 per month and have no hope of ever getting out.

Justice for all!"


This is funny and we all laugh but there is more truth here. Our Senior citizens have paid the taxes and fought in the wars that kept our country strong. They have done more than just grow old. We all know a least one Senior Citizen who is struggling to get by, sitting alone at home, waiting for something more and wondering why they have been forgotten. Instead of being treated with the respect that they have earned, they are left to fend for themselves.

Criminals are often treated better than our Senior Citizens. The criminals who populate our jails and prisons disdain human life and in most cases, have done nothing to make the world a better place. If we hear anything at all, it about the "poor" criminals who have had a bad life. Does their bad life override the good done by our Senior Citizens?

Is anyone else appalled?


Humorous, Medical, Medical Care, Nursing Home, Nursing Homes, Prison Cell, Prisoners, Prisons, Senior Citizen

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author avatar Ann Hinds
As a grandparent raising a grandchild, I have a different viewpoint of grandparenting and tend to write to that view. Travel is a big part of what we do and we travel in vintage trailers.

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author avatar halfling
4th Nov 2010 (#)

All the more reason I am for the multi-generational house that I grew up in. We need to keep our friends and family close to us.

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author avatar ppruel
4th Nov 2010 (#)

I like the idea though I don't agree for the word "jail" for the senior citizen.

I would rather request from those capable authorities to build a place for the SC.

And it is equipped with everything mentioned with this article.

Nice article...

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author avatar Tonya
14th Jun 2011 (#)

The article is making a point, refering to the term "jail", not that they are actually creating this for seniors. It's a play on words.....stating that criminals in "jail" are treated better than our seniors in nursing homes.

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author avatar Alrady / Darla
5th Nov 2010 (#)

This is really thought provoking. If not for the hard cot and cold walls - I'd sign up in a flash.
I may add this to my new blog America's Economy. I think we have to have ethics and values in the economy and right now the way we pay seniors is not showing care for seniors - our economic budgeting treats seniors like numbers.

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author avatar Joyce Mann
5th Nov 2010 (#)

An apt description. Thank you!

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author avatar R. Person
22nd Mar 2011 (#)

it's sad when our criminals are treated better than our wise and experienced

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author avatar Rathnashikamani
7th Apr 2011 (#)

True. Most of the elders are jailed at their own homes.

And the governments treat the criminals so well that the national funds drain in that way and nobody questions Why?

Thoughtful comparison.

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author avatar Ss
11th Aug 2011 (#)

Being old is not a Crime...

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author avatar Ramli Omar
11th Aug 2011 (#)

It is a self-imposed house arrest.

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author avatar Ramli Omar
11th Aug 2011 (#)

Luckily I am living in my own house.

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