If you have been around the block a few times, you no doubt understand that there are a number of pains that are just a part of life. We exercise so that we’ll stay healthy, and so that our muscles and joints will be able to carry us through our days. Pains in our joints can still creep in, though. And we most likely do not really need to talk about the types of pains that tend to crop up as it regards the use of the restroom. But there are some kinds of pains which a person should never have to experience, no matter how many birthdays they go through or how many hairs they lose to the ages.
While everybody experiences a conflict here and there, there is a vast difference between fighting and just being bullied. Maybe you are not as physically strong or mobile as you once were. And maybe someone has been trying to treat you like you’re somehow less of person because of this slight diminishing of your physical prowess. You know they have no right no do things like smacking you around, just because they get frustrated. You know they have no right to yell at you for no good reason. Or perhaps you didn’t know that before, but you do now. And you should also know that you do not have to take abuse from anybody for any reason.
If you are in a nursing home where one or more of your “care takers” would rather treat you like a can that gets kicked than like an elder who gets taken care of, you have the right to report it to someone in authority who will actually care. But more than just that, you have the responsibility to report abusive situations. After all, the abuse that is happening to you might also be happening to someone else right down the hall. And if the abuse is happening in your home, by a family member or “friend” of the family, you also have the right to let it be known and stopped.