I believe that people should live life with a smile on their face. Smiles breed smiles, and furthermore, they cost us nothing 😊.
Despite scientific evidence of the health and societal benefits of a smile, there is plenty of press aimed at the negative, almost wanting people to think the worst in any given scenario and have an outlook that could be considered “doom and gloom”.
I work for a company which breathes life and aspiration into Care of the Elderly, a sector that has on occasion had a bad press but importantly, has the opportunity, to create a lot of happiness.
The media including the BBC and others have depicted the elderly as, almost different, and a somewhat growing ‘issue’ or even burden highlighting to me how the role of the Elderly in our society is undervalued.
The knowledge and experience people build up over their lives can compound itself into wisdom and valuable teaching for younger generations. In our modern era, this can be sometimes forgotten, and it is the challenge for our society to foster this possibility.
Additionally, the Elderly supporting in schools has been shown to aid people with dementia. This is a dynamic example of both including and engaging the elderly can help their care, but also benefit the younger generations with advice, understanding, and respect.
It is fair to say that in modern Britain too often these inspirational people and incredible personalities have not given the respect they deserve. Now, this is a hard and uncomfortable topic in our society that needs new energy and dynamism to encourage and foster new ways of thinking that keeps the sector moving.
Creating positive attitudes about the elderly could help to ensure care at a better standard. Age may be a taboo but is also a number that is a reality for all of us. Growing old graciously is an aspirational challenge for all. The benefit of respecting and embracing the changes of age honestly could potentially lead us to be less dependent on the false culture of eternal youth. We all have a role to play, but whatever that role old or young, we all benefit from a smile.
One of my best friends at the University of York, Joseph McNeice, is now dubbed a ‘rising star in the world of musical theatre’. He has decided to highlight the personal and uncomfortable issues of becoming old through an interesting medium, by writing a musical. To my limited knowledge, there are not many musicals that tackle the issues in our sector, but this one is said to do just that.
The show ‘Twilight Robbery’ is to be performed next week at the Barn theatre in Oxted. Joseph told me that his new comedy musical aims to redefine what elderly people believe to be possible, and challenge how people in younger generations perceive the aging process. I spoke to Joe today and asked him about his project, “no matter how old you are or whether you’re in a care home or not, you shouldn’t let your date of birth define you and your abilities. Life doesn’t stop when you start taking your pension and adventure is out there for everyone no matter what their birthday is.”
I think this is a beautiful concept. Lowering the barriers of age and aiming to change perceptions through fostering smiles is something I admire. Musical theatre is Joes’ medium and I’m fascinated to see what he has produced. While his message is topical, being a musical, it will deliver a powerful, engaging message in a somewhat more appealing format. So, if you’re like me and you have an interest in the concept of age and/or you have a relative who loves a giggle, Twilight Robbery could be the spontaneous, fun event that gets you thinking and most importantly smiling. 😊
Name: Twilight Robbery
Dates: 13-15th September
Venue: The Barn Theatre. Oxted.
Tickets from £12-£15 (https://www.ticketsource.co.uk/event/244007)
Running Time c.2hrs (inc interval)