As a senior and one day possibly living alone on a low income and needing assistance there is a lot of truth to the following.
Let's put the seniors in jail and the criminals in nursing homes.
This would correct two things in one motion:
Seniors would have access to showers, hobbies and walks.
They would receive unlimited free prescriptions, dental and medical treatment, wheel chairs, etc.
They would receive money instead of having to pay it out.
They would have constant video monitoring, so they would be helped instantly if they fell or needed assistance.
Bedding would be washed twice a week and all clothing would be ironed and returned to them..
A guard would check on them every 20 minutes.
All meals and snacks would be brought to them.
They would have family visits in a suite built for that purpose.
They would have access to a library, weight/fitness room, spiritual counseling, a pool and education...and free admission to in-house concerts by nationally recognized entertainment artists.
Simple clothing - i.e., shoes, slippers, pj's - and legal aid would be free, upon request.
There would be private, secure rooms provided for all with an outdoor exercise yard complete with gardens.
Each senior would have a P.C., T.V., phone and radio in their room at no cost.
They would receive daily phone calls.
There would be a board of directors to hear any complaints and the ACLU would fight for their rights and protection.
The guards would have a code of conduct to be strictly adhered to, with attorneys available, at no charge to protect the seniors and their families from abuse or neglect.
As for the criminals:
They would receive cold food or a can of dog food the same as many seniors who have to stretch out their pensions.
They would be left alone and unsupervised as many seniours who can't afford help
They would receive showers once a week unlike many seniors who can't manage the bath by themselves.
They would live in tiny rooms, for which they would have to pay by working
They would have no hope of ever getting out.
"Sounds like justice to me!"
Maybe our governments should change their emphasis on the criminal who undermines society and look to their elderly who have raised citizens, obeyed the laws and worked for a living. But our society is youth oriented and when you are old you are not longer considered useful. Something we could learn from aboriginal societies and the Orient is respect for the elders in our communities.