Every Thursday, the Anne Arundel County Sun publishes a section highlighting the lives and activities of our senior citizens. We've told you about weightlifters and karate practitioners, world travelers and local Good Samaritans. Their stories reinforce the promise of "the golden years" when we retire.
But there's another side to growing older, the tarnished side to the golden years. It's there you find the elderly who aren't healthy enough or wealthy enough to enjoy the promise. They're closed off from the rest of the world, living in nursing homes, closeted in tiny apartments and drafty trailers, sometimes praying that death will free them from facing another day.
Medical advances have stretched life expectancy; many parents live to see their children's children graduate from college and begin a life on their own.