well theres many reasons but my hypothesis is that maybe its cuz people might have treated them rather harshly. for some people the older they and their loved ones get the more they grow apart from each other and so sometimes their children and or friends stop talking to them and they feel resented and by not having certain people in their life anymore they grow more impatient or cranky but really all they really want is someone that will tolerate them and love them :D
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Old people are mean because they think since they live in this world longer than you, they think they are WAY smarter than you so if you're trying to tell them something or tell them what they should do, they can get very snappy. But meanness doesn't really have an age!
What do you consider Elderly people? I'm 58 and I'm noticing many, not all, younger people are really rude and disrespectful. And yes, there are mean elderly. It is not age that makes people mean - I believe its unconscious choice.
Think about our social system in this country. Children are put in a school system with children their own age and with pretty much the same experience level. Our government regards this as socializing a child. I was home schooled. Our Former Vice President, Al Gore, asked me once, "How do you ever expect to be socialized properly if you are not with other children all the time?" And my answer to him was that I WAS with children all the time, but not only children but adults and elderly who taught me so many things. As a child I was not afraid of our elderly. I enjoyed our time together at the nursing homes and in our home, hearing their stories from their youth and young adulthood. Learning from their experiences. They taught me love, respect, compassion, community awareness and many other things. The Elderly are not mean; they have been forgotten and dismissed by a society that has rejected them. Spend time with the elderly, hear their stories, look and their pictures. find out what they like, believe and know. You will be blessed by the experience. And so will they. BTW, I'm 38 years old.
And why are some young people mean? If anything, it's the young people who are mean since we have entered the age of bullying, especially in schools and the internet. With that being said, a cause for why an elderly man or woman to be "mean" may be because of the fact that he or she suffers from Alzheimer's or dementia. Both of these mental disorders occur mainly in the elderly and have major effects on their moods.
Yes, I agree with the people who say anyone can be mean, young or old, but as I get older, 48, I also find that sometimes, your body hurts, and you are sad and angry because your friends and family are aging and dying. Just a thought.
As others have said, anyone can be mean. But good reasons for an elderly person to be mean could be things such as feeling unneeded, pain, or disability. Elderly people have been through their entire lifetimes almost, and they have a lot of experience to share. Pain and disability can keep them from being able to share their experiences, and younger people often don't think of sitting down with an older person to listen to their experiences. It's amazing the things that can be learned by talking to them and listening. Younger people tend to look at older people as "cute" or mean or just don't understand them, and it's often felt by the older person as disrespect. This can make you feel angry toward the younger person. Cute can seem like a nice word to a younger person, but it sounds very condescending to the older person. Also, it's harder to get out to see your friends and family. You have to depend more on their coming to see you, which makes you feel frustrated from lack of independence, especially when no one comes to see you. Elderly is the time when your friends and family start dying too. It can make you very sad, helpless, and sometimes angry.
Some old people are mean because most of them think they know everything and because they don't wanna be bothered because.......THEY THINK THEY KNOW EVERYTHING!!!and they probably just think that it' s still the old days but usually the cool/nice ones are the ones that know everything
If you had to always ask people to speak up, had trouble seeing, aches and pains all day long, trouble remembering the simplest of things, and know that the only cure for all your problems was death, you might have a tendency towards irritability too.
Why are some Young people mean? We tend to notice it more in the elderly, as they are not so cute anymore. Cuteness is adaptive, to encourage forgiveness of the young (who might not know any better) and keep us from inflicting potentially fatal damage on them. Nature has no such need to preserve the elderly, so we see them for what they are, warts and all.
Certain people are mean - period! And it has nothing to do with age. I have known really nasty young people, and incredibly pleasant old people - and the reverse. People are just who they are - regardless of age. Get real!