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The elderly should not be seen as a burden
3:09pm Tuesday 26th June 2012 in Read
SIR – We read that there is to be a radical overhaul of healthcare in Worcestershire, leading to services being lost or downgraded due to a “£50 million shortfall” in the future because of the growing elderly population (Worcester News, June 14).
A look at any group of older people will reveal that many of them care for less able members of their family or in their community; many care for grandchildren, enabling younger family members to go to work; and many volunteer in hospitals, hospices, residential homes and other areas in their locality.
Also, there are people of all ages who have benefited from medical research – much of which is funded by medical charities.
Guess which age group provides most of these fundraising volunteers?
Of course there are many younger people too who volunteer their time and talents, but we ought also to be proud of our senior citizens who contribute so much to our national wellbeing.
They should not always be regarded as a burden on our services.
SHEILA NEARY, HILDA HANDS and JILL YOUNG
Stay Young committee of Droitwich area