Our aging family members are oftentimes forgotten. Many seniors, like 98-year-old Mary, don’t have any immediate family left.
In “Junk Mail”, we get an honest look at Mary’s day-to-day existence. It’s a moving video that emphasizes our need to pay more attention to senior citizens.
The video opens with a spokesperson from Mary’s Senior Center. “Some of these people are 98 years old,” says the caretaker. “Their children are now having grandchildren, so they kind of get pushed off to the side. They’re not as needed, they can’t do as much. So they come here.”
“You know, I don’t mind,” Mary says, justifying her situation. “What am I going to do? Where could I go? I’m by myself. I can’t see. I can’t hear. I can’t live with my nieces, they all have their own family.”
So, on weekends, Mary shreds up junk mail she receives, piece by piece. “I cut it up in smaller, put it in a bag, put it for garbage. I have to do something, otherwise I’ll go nuts.”
But Mary is strong. On weekdays, she visits the Senior Center. “You meet friends, you talk to them, you do something to pass your time, otherwise like Saturday and Sunday, there’s nobody here,” she explains.
At the Senior Center, Mary dances, shares meals and is well-loved. Her life perspective is humbling, “God is good to me. Who is 98 years old and still walking on their feet?…I am.”
The video below speaks a truth about senior citizens that we all need to hear: “They’re still alive. They’re no different than they were when they were younger.”
See Mary’s story in the video below. And then call your grandma.