I have this huge heart for the elderly… Not sure what has changed over the years. Perhaps my own aging has made me more aware of the elderly in my life.
Having been a caregiver over the past 15 years I become closer and seem to understand more about our seniors citizens. I have this huge love for them. It saddens me to think society disregards them as old and useless. They are treated disrespectfully, and made to feel their opinion doesn’t matter.
I’m here to say…
Their opinion does matter, they do have something to say and just yesterday they were 20, 30, and 50 years old! Today they are older and many wiser and funnier!
As I was shopping with my 89 year old dad yesterday, he was half sitting on the Motorized grocery cart… I asked him to move his whole fanny on the seat because he was half off…. His response was…
“I guess that makes me half assed!”
His humor always makes me laugh!
The point is the elderly need love, respect and caring for. It’s easy to put them in a “home” and forget about them because we are too busy… But we too will be there someday and I have to wonder how you would want to be treated?
Treat the elderly the way you want to be treated not only “someday” but today!
I know I want love and respect. So next time you see an older person, stop, smile, say hello, touch their shoulder give them a few minutes of your time… Share some love… There’s a lifetime of memories to be heard!
In Awe of loving everyone at any age!
November 16, 2013 at 1:16 pm
My father lived with my family for years. In the end he was in hospice care in my home & I was his main caregiver. It was not always easy, but I would do it all again in a heartbeat. I miss him every day still. I do not understand how so many elderly wind up so alone..?
I think of that old story about the old man & the wooden bowl & spoon… and I am grateful there are people like you.