Through his family foundation, the Lawrence Family Foundation (LFF), Bahamas resident Steve Lawrence supports a number of charitable causes in the Nassau area. One particular area of focus for LFF is helping senior citizens who are disadvantaged or neglected. Through organizations such as the Unity House Home for the Aged and St Matthews Elder Day Care, Steve Lawrence and LFF hope not only to provide support to seniors in need throughout the Bahamas, but also to dispel some of the major myths that persist concerning aging and the elderly. Below are some of the most common myths regarding seniors:
Seniors are different from the rest of us.
Somehow, it is easy to overlook the fact that older people are simply people who have been alive for a long time. People of all ages work, develop relationships, pursue leisure activities, learn new things, and remain involved in what is going on in their cities and communities. These activities are by no means restricted to the young.
Seniors are a burden on their communities.
Many seniors make great contributions to their communities, not only by practical actions like working and volunteering, but also by acting as living guardians of a community’s culture and history.
Seniors are not able to make decisions about themselves.
Older people are usually the best judges of their own needs; age alone, without any exceptional physical or mental health conditions, is not in and of itself a barrier to making decisions. Most often, seniors are perceived as helpless as a result of being placed in circumstances where they are not empowered or encouraged to express their own opinions and desires.