Old Folks with New Ideas

Maceo Keeling - SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News

Maceo Keeling – SCORE Member, Business Owner and Consultant. Photo: Urban News

By Maceo Keeling –

Part-one of a three-part trilogy to advocate for our elders.

Back when houses had front porches, we looked forward to running up the stairs and having our parents and/or grandparents greet us with big smiles and a reassuring hug.

I remember the juicy slices of cold watermelon in the summer, and the gigantic apple Big Momma gave me on Christmas Day. Yes, indeed, those were the good old days for me. I also remember the reverence and respect we showed our parents and grandparents, and how we knew to behave as best we should. I’d sooner jump off a cliff than disrespect my elders, because they were and are the link to our past, and the springboard to any hope of a successful future.

Today, things certainly have changed when it comes to how we value Ma’dear, Papa, and our grandparents. How many times have you heard an elder say: “If I knew then what I know now…” Best believe they know—because they’ve lived it!

Our elders hold the secrets to the future within their stories. Their views are 20/20 and crystal clear, because life experiences are in their rear view mirror! They’ve already “been there and done that.”

Have you ever worried whether an elderly person is really doing all right? If you are unsure, let’s examine the topics we will discuss:

Part One – Will remind us that our elder community is the bedrock upon which we build our lives and our future. They fought in foreign wars, they fought for civil rights, and died that we might have a voice in this country. They fought the good fight!

Part Two – Will offer suggestions for ways to reconnect with our senior and elder community, and how we can feast on the fruits of their wisdom.

Part Three – Will deal with elder abuse and how you can spot signs of abuse.

Do you know someone in assisted living and wonder whether they are being treated well by their caregiver, friends, or family members? Are there people you see around the neighborhood or at the supermarket who seem distressed when they are with certain people? Do you wonder if you should worry, or question an injury you see that an elder has experienced?

If you have a suspicion that someone you know or love is being abused, drop me an email and I’ll forward the information to the appropriate service provider.

The Senate Special Committee on Aging says there are as many as 5 million cases of elder abuse every year. The National Center on Elder Abuse cites recent studies that estimate that up to 3% to 5% of the elderly population in the U.S. has suffered abuse.

The fact is, far too many of our elders are not alright, but working together, we can help. If we are going to really leverage the benefits of the Urban News and WRES-FM, we need to get really real. I am inviting you to contact me at maceo@theconsciouscall.com.

“You don’t have to be great to get started, but you do have to get started to become great!” Thank you for reading and thank you for your continued support.


Dr. King had a dream, now we must have vision. The Conscious Call radio program airs every Monday at 11:30 a.m. on WRES-FM 100.7.

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The opinions and statements made in this column are solely the opinions of the author and not necessarily those of The Urban News.

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