I produced this short film independently because I felt the need to give a voice to those who can no longer do so, our senior community. They have two distinct disadvantages that I came to realize I might have some day. They cannot take care of themselves or defend themselves. It takes a great deal of patience and empathy to be a caretaker and I have come to not only respect those who take care of our grandparents, but admire them as well. I, myself, am not one, but I speak with seniors every day as part of my job in customer service.
Working for a phone company has reminded me just how much we take technology for granted. The concept of a cell phone, while essential for younger generations, is a new and often confusing one for the elderly. What is simple and innovative for us is often frustrating for them. They want to stay in touch with loved ones, friends and family just as much as we do, but they can’t do it without us. They depend on the goodwill of others to accomplish the most basic tasks that younger people do every day without thinking twice and it’s something not to take lightly.It is a reminder of how fragile life is, especially the mind. The older we get the more susceptible we are to old age afflictions like dementia and Alzheimer’s Disease, afflictions younger more selfish individuals like to take advantage of.
One of the most harmful and egregious scams I have heard perpetrated on older generations is when the scammer impersonates an adult grandchild of the victim to gain personal information. The most harmful I personally encountered when speaking with a grandmother was when she called to check up on a phone number from a call she received, after she had given her social security number over the phone. While the story depicted in this film is fictional it happens every day. Granted, not every senior falls victim to a scam and most are smart enough to do their research, but there’s still many others who don’t and need assistance. Let’s help them together so our grandparents can live out their lives with dignity and compassion.