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Thread #109300   Message #2287120
Posted By: Genie
13-Mar-08 - 01:53 AM
Thread Name: Gigs (that pay better than coffee houses)
Subject: RE: Gigs (that pay better than coffee houses)
Chicken Charlie, I agree, not all retirement communities (or activity directors) are the same. My experiences with them run the gamut from sheer hell to sheer exhilaration.   

Reggie, I can well relate to what you posted, though I'm glad to say it's not always that way.

One of the most exasperating and infuritating - not to say pretty humiliating - experiences I have, from time to time, at a senior community is this: Some inconsiderate (and I mean that in the most literal sense of the word) staff member(s) interrupt my presentation and upstage me -- AT THE EXPENSE OF MY AUDIENCE, which is THEIR OWN RESIDENTS --. and if I say anything or in any way express chagrin or disappointment, the staff react as though I am putting myself out there as some sort of 'diva.'    My view is that, when the residents are in an activity -- whether live entertainment (or music therapy) or an educational activity or even just watching a movie --, it is rude to them to thoughtlessly and unnecessarily interrupt the activity.   The staff at many senior facilities, perhaps unthinkingly, treat the residents as though they were incapable of attending to a concert, lecture, movie, sports event, or whatever -- as though whatever activity they have going, be it music or church service or news broadcast, is mere fluff and filler and doesn't merit consideration.

Of course, patrons and even proprietors of bars often act exactly the same way.

But my view is that, while some interruptions are inevitable, whatever the venue, senior citizens deserve, as much as anyone else, not to have their activities unnecessarily interrupted. If anything, because many suffer from greater distractability, they need to have even less distraction than a younger audience might.