I WATCHED the television programmes commemorating the 75th anniversary of D-Day, with a tear in my eye.

Seeing all those young men, once so handsome, and the women, many of whom willingly gave their lives so that we might be free in this country and throughout Europe, I thought about the way in which so many of the older generation are treated nowadays.

We continually hear about "the problem of the ageing population", as though older people are responsible for all the ills of our society.

This seems to breed a lack of respect for older people and, after watching those veterans proudly marching and laying wreaths in remembrance of their fallen comrades, I felt so sad to think about the way older people are treated nowadays.

Can we not show a little more kindness and understanding?

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