I think living in big cities is taking a toll on everyone, and especially older people. While in New York, I worked for 2 years in social services, and I remember those older ladies in Co-Op City coming to our office with mail that they were receiving, but did not have the patience to read. They were bringing me all that mail to sort it out. The funny thing was that I was an immigrant and they were mostly born here in the US.
It was the pressure and the pace of a big city living, that made them angry. They did not expect anything good from the mail, and when they were getting these envelopes, they were getting extremely agitated.
I remember how in Manhattan old people approach the intersection and then step right onto the road without ever raising their head to look at the traffic light. Right in front of the traffic. I remember the limo driver pressing the brakes to avoid hitting an old lady with a cane, that was determined to cross Broadway in the middle of the day when there was a heavy flow of cars. The car screeched, she got scared, stopped, looked at the limo driver, who, luckily managed to stop right in front of her, and in anger she started pounding the hood of the limo with her cane.
Look, it does not matter that this is the most democratic country in the world, that these people are not hungry, or not taken care of. They are not poor... they are just old. Old people should live in villages and small towns, where people know each other and say "Hi". They should be close to their children and grandchildren, they should be able to relax and live slower, than the big cities demand.
We all at some point will get tired of the pressures of life. We all will become a bit slower and our fuse may be getting a bit shorter.
That's simply how we are when we get older.
Jon Zolsky, your Daytona Beach connection