You should be wondering what a badante is…..
Would you let your daughter sit on a badante’s knee ?
Would you leave one alone with your elderly parents ? ?
The answer is yes, yes and yes
In La Dolce Vita the Italians aren’t embarrassed by the old folk
They don’t believe in abandoning them in soulless ‘old people’s
…..essentially death’s waiting rooms
And where these homes exist they are typically situated in the
centre of towns
And not in some out-of-town, out-of-the way corner where we
can’t see them
Old folk (and we all get old eventually) are always a part of
the family in Italy…..
…..and families prefer to remain together
This is where the badante comes in…..
The badante is the person (male or female) that you see all over
Italy walking arm in arm with an old person or pushing them along
in a wheelchair
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