How to explain each quotes in a sentence? The lack of interaction with others is the worm that eats away a person’s sociability, making them a target for all kinds of dysfunctional attitudes...

How to explain each quotes in a sentence? The lack of interaction with others is the worm that eats away a person’s sociability, making them a target for all kinds of dysfunctional attitudes and elderly problems” (Dr. Turner, Karen) “It’s better to choose activities that suit the needs of the elderly than to exclude them from fun” (Fessler,Wes)
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besure77 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

I believe that the first quote by Dr. Karen Turner is saying that people need to be more productive and energetic. These kinds of attitudes will keep people involved in life. If we do not interact with others, we will become anti social. This is especially true for elderly people who are often very lonely and isolated.

The second quote by Wes Fessler simply means that the elderly must have activities available that cater to their needs. If we do not cater to them then they will not participate and this can be very harmful to their personal well being, both emotionally and physically. I think that Fessler believes in this very passionately because at one time in his life a ladder fell out from under him and left him disabled for a period of time. He knows first hand how important it is to remain involved in activities that you not only enjoy but activities that you are physically able to participate in as well.

pohnpei397 eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Both of these quotes seem to be discussing how elderly people should be treated and how the elderly should act so as to remain happy.

The first quote is saying that old people really need to interact with others.  She is saying that old people who just keep to themselves will soon come to have really bad attitudes and will be unhappy.

The second quote is saying that old people need to be included in activities.  It is saying that it is a good idea to figure out activities that old people can participate in.