"Ageism" is the broad umbrella term for describing how those no longer young are treated as second-class citizens.
Until recently, most of the attention has been on age discrimination in the workplace. For instance, during the past five years, the media had outed, 60% of those laid off, fired, or encouraged to retire at IBM had been over-40.
Now, CBS reports, ageism has reached into family relationships. Some parents are enraged about "helicopter children." Their sons and daughters are assuming that they have to monitor and control every decision made by mom and dad. That kind of close supervision eats at a sense of self, dignity, and the capacity for joy.
For the aging who are willing to push back, there are escalating levels of taking action.
The first is a gentle conversation.
The next is a restraining order from local law enforcement.
And, then there is consulting with an attorney who specializes in all aspects of elder abuse. It could be that some helicopter children are hoping to hasten their parents' death for monetary gain. That could be an inheritance in dollars or the family home now worth nearly a million.
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