Fátima Teixeira/ Agosto de 2000 nr. 5
contemptible get old in Brazil?
Few days ago, in a TV program there was the participation of an 70 years old actress
and an young and tempting model of 20 years old.
The old actress besides her talent didnt show physically her real age. Although
the young model had all the qualities and beauty that our nowadays society demands.
In a lot of moments the older actress put herself in a senior condition, saying that
she got old and she didnt have the seduction as a weapon, putting herself in
disadvantage. She had a lot of sense of humor to say those words, but she couldnt
deny her disappointment and at the end she said, " Getting old is contemptible".
Since the Seventies, Brazil was considered a "young country". This way, the
Brazilian population, even today can only see the negative aspects of getting old as the
diseases, the wrinkles on the face, the fat and flabby body, the loneliness and the
abandon. These are some characteristics of "getting old". On the other hand the
opposite qualities of a human being belongs exclusively to the youth.
What happens is that the youth never disappears on the people inward feelings and the
changing of appearance is not perceived. Who perceives their appearance changing are the
In spite of the hair turns gray, the eyes and the ears dont work so well and the
body turns flabby is necessary to understand that this kind of changes happens in our
whole life since the day of birth until the senior age. Even though the doctors dont
consider the transformations above diseases it causes depression and low self-esteem in
the old people. Its important not only to the old people but also to the whole
society understand that its the circle of life and there is any problem with that.
Our society gives value only to the youth reserving only the bad and negative aspects to
the seniors making those give up of their future projects.
Nowadays these concepts have been changing. The number of old people have been
increasing and it is bringing social and cultural worries. We can give as examples some
projects directed not only by the governor but also by the society. These projects are
about some places, which help the seniors to have a better social relationship, this way
giving them a better quality time.
The participation of seniors in different activities besides making stronger their
friendship out of the familiar context can also bring the perspective of new experience.
The dance is a good example of activity which brings well-being to the seniors,
furthermore it has been efficient to some health problems, and it gives them body release
what demonstrate that in spite of the fact of the age, its possible live happy and
traduzido por Renata Maciel de Andrade