Cranky About Dependency … Once Again

Lovable Cranky Old Lady

Sheila Klass was a self-professed old lady and blogging grandma who approached her advanced age and physical limitations with humor and grace.  Though she passed away very recently, thankfully she left behind wonderful personal blog entries bringing insight into a natural treasure, our older generation. She was a lovable cranky old lady to her fans.

Cranky Again

In her blog, Sheila Klass articulated the frustrations that many older adults have about getting older.  This octogenarian understood that being legally blind due to macular degeneration meant she needed help. Still, her pride did not permit her to accept it gracefully.  However, as a child of the Great Depression, she abhorred feeling anything less than independent.  She hated needing help with the daily activities of life. Prof. Klass resented needing help to read mail, pay bills, go to doctor appointments, sort medications, shop and do laundry.  Though she was grateful for all the help her children happily provided, she refused to be graceful about it.  “I want the right, at 86 … to do whatever I choose. She continues saying, “that right has been forfeited to age and decrepitude, and I mind it terribly.”  Prof. Klass admits that she is “a very ungrateful old lady” as a result.

Life is Like a Circle

This feisty “old lady” colorfully and clearly laid out how her peers resent how life turns full circle. She articulated the feelings of older adults who feel that having once climbed out of dependency as children, they are forced right back into it as older adults. Prof. Klass’s blog at  was filled with reminiscences and emotions that would touch many who are in their twilight years and is worth a “gander”.


David York Agency is extra sensitive to this state of mind. We are committed to treating our elderly clients with the respect and understanding earned through their advanced years.  Please call us at (718) 376-7755 with any questions or visit our website at to learn more about our mission and philosophy.