Yesterday, I participated in an AARP program with several authors of books on caregiving. One fellow panelist, the novelist Walter Mosley, was wonderfully provocative as he reflected on what he calls "the great equalizing effect of great age." Mosley, whose mother was Jewish and whose father was black, put it this way: "White people become black people when they can no longer care for themselves." The older you get, he added, "the more you move into the Third World-" marginalized by the rest of society.
Walter Mosley On Becoming Marginalized in Old Age