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After Police Found Elderly Couple Crying, They Cooked Them Pasta And Stayed For A Chat
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After Police Found Elderly Couple Crying, They Cooked Them Pasta And Stayed For A Chat

Last Tuesday, the neighbors of an elderly couple in Rome reported that they heard shouting and crying in their flat, so police officers rushed to the place expecting to find a crime scene. What they found was much more heartbreaking that they’d expected. There were no burglars – 84-year-old Jole and her 94-year-old husband Michele were crying because they felt awfully lonely.

The couple was watching TV and Jole got too upset about all the hate in the news that she saw and started crying. While the officers were waiting for the ambulance – they wanted to check on the couple – they cooked them spaghetti with butter and parmesan. Jole and Michele have been married for almost 70 years and it’s been a long time since they had any visitors, TV being the only thing to keep them company. The officers stayed with them that evening to listen to their life stories.

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Last Tuesday, police rushed to the flat of this elderly couple expecting to find a crime scene because neighbors reported crying and shouting

But the Italian couple was crying because of loneliness… so the officers cooked them pasta and stayed with them for the evening to chat

Faith in humanity restored!

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Martin_D35
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Loneliness is unfortunately a common problem among the elderly. The family structure many of us are familiar with today ultimately leaves parents neglected after their children leave home and start their adult lives. I worked at nursing homes where many residents didn't have any visitors for years and sat alone each day staring out a window or at a television. Maybe you've seen this heartbreaking tv commercial about the lonely elderly man? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6-0kYhqoRo. There have been encouraging signs that some cultures are beginning to address this problem. There are communities that foster interaction of the old with the young. This makes the people that have the most life experience feel wanted and useful to today's generations and society as a whole. I personally don't know of any greater wisdom than that of someone who has lived 70, 80 or 90 years of life. We should all place higher value to these people. If we are fortunate we will one day become one of them.

kytetiger
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I read an article some time ago about the post-WW2 society and the comparaison with before 1st WW, and all the values and stability who where lost during the wars. Seems like by building a functionalism structure begining of the 20th century, we simplified and forgot the variety, all the richness and the complexity of human society. By reading some George Sand's book, i found so much layer and interactivity in the old times. Research now shows that intergeneration exchange creates lots of added value (transmission of experience, help and support in both direction) but also a better stability (money, less stress, faster problem solving, communication). In Seattle they mixed a preschool with a nursing home, and the children spend some times with the elderly who helps them learn (win-win situation). there's also a project in London.

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Yvonne Bernal
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In a city full of millions of people, it's drastic that people should be so lonely that it brings them to tears. Bless those two fine men who took their time to make two human beings feel human again. Policing is more than just arrests and tickets... it requires a depth of compassion - they will be rewarded well.

Peri The Nerd
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so heartbreaking but sweet at the same time <3

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Martin_D35
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

Loneliness is unfortunately a common problem among the elderly. The family structure many of us are familiar with today ultimately leaves parents neglected after their children leave home and start their adult lives. I worked at nursing homes where many residents didn't have any visitors for years and sat alone each day staring out a window or at a television. Maybe you've seen this heartbreaking tv commercial about the lonely elderly man? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V6-0kYhqoRo. There have been encouraging signs that some cultures are beginning to address this problem. There are communities that foster interaction of the old with the young. This makes the people that have the most life experience feel wanted and useful to today's generations and society as a whole. I personally don't know of any greater wisdom than that of someone who has lived 70, 80 or 90 years of life. We should all place higher value to these people. If we are fortunate we will one day become one of them.

kytetiger
Community Member
6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

I read an article some time ago about the post-WW2 society and the comparaison with before 1st WW, and all the values and stability who where lost during the wars. Seems like by building a functionalism structure begining of the 20th century, we simplified and forgot the variety, all the richness and the complexity of human society. By reading some George Sand's book, i found so much layer and interactivity in the old times. Research now shows that intergeneration exchange creates lots of added value (transmission of experience, help and support in both direction) but also a better stability (money, less stress, faster problem solving, communication). In Seattle they mixed a preschool with a nursing home, and the children spend some times with the elderly who helps them learn (win-win situation). there's also a project in London.

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Yvonne Bernal
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

In a city full of millions of people, it's drastic that people should be so lonely that it brings them to tears. Bless those two fine men who took their time to make two human beings feel human again. Policing is more than just arrests and tickets... it requires a depth of compassion - they will be rewarded well.

Peri The Nerd
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6 years ago Created by potrace 1.15, written by Peter Selinger 2001-2017

This is so heartbreaking but sweet at the same time <3

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