Mr. Herzog (“Older folks will want to tar and feather me,” letters to the editor, Nov. 10) is to be complimented and thanked for providing personal care for his wife of 55 years. Many people these days find themselves in the position of providing care for a husband, wife, father, mother, aunt. Family involvement in elder care seems like the most desirable arrangement.
Not every disabled person has a relative to help them. Many people do their best to live independently. Not every older or disabled person has the same resources. As we know, intact families are becoming too rare. Who would care for your wife if something happened to you? If you too became disabled, or worse; wouldn’t you feel better knowing that there would be local programs, safety nets, to make sure that your wife continues to have a satisfactory level of care?
A man is not an island, nor is his spouse. Myopia is not a condition of the elderly alone.