As Christine Rowlands opens an invoice from a plumber, she has no idea what’s awaiting her. She had called plumber James Anderson to fix a leak in her mom’s boiler. It’s been a stressful time for the family, given that Rowlands’ 91-year-old mother is dying of leukemia. But when she sees the tradesman’s bill, she erupts into tears.
It’s fair to say that getting old is often no walk in the park. As our bodies slow down, we find it more difficult to cope with physical ailments. And sadly it’s not just our health at risk, because as we get older there are people in society who are willing to take advantage of our vulnerabilities.