Magazine article Work & Family Life

You're Too Old to Play Bridge with Us

Magazine article Work & Family Life

You're Too Old to Play Bridge with Us

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In an Op Ed article in The New York Times, author Jennifer Weiner writes about the ordeal of her grandmother who was ostracized in her 90s by the younger women in a Florida nursing home.

"When you get to Nanna's age, you're reduced to a number-the younger, the better," says Weiner. "Even in a residence for the elderly, the 80-somethings will still be cold to the 95-year-olds. Now 99, my Nanna is completely cognizant of what's going on. Her memory-both short- and long-term-is excellent. But once her new neighbors heard her age, they knew they didn't want her at their table."

When it comes to eating meals together or playing bridge, there are social cliques in retirement and nursing homes. And in your mid- to late-90s, what group do you end up with?

Weiner says she worries about her first grader getting shut out of a game or her sixth grader sitting alone at lunch. And now, she wonders, "Is my grandmother suffering the same kind of isolation, exclusion and loneliness?"

More likely, she is experiencing the pain of having outlived all of her contemporaries-of having a lot to say and no one to listen. …

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