Giving our elders the respect and dignity they deserve:
People in our society often become uncomfortable dealing with the emotions that accompany aging, and the challenges of people in their later years. Ageism causes younger people to dismiss the elderly as no longer useful or relevant. Ageism is the tendency to think and treat the elderly as debilitated or unworthy of attention or respect.
It’s important to remember that seniors are knowledgeable people who have lived through a variety of experiences. They still have much to contribute to society with the wisdom they earned from their life stories. They have so much to teach us about enduring the challenges of change, and handling the adversity in life.
It’s really about simply paying attention to our seniors, even if they have diseases such as Alzheimer’s Disease or other forms of dementia. About taking the time to listen to our elders with compassion and patience. Spending time together and learning about their history can create special memories for both the younger and older generations.
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“Old age is not a disease – it is strength and survivorship, triumph over all kinds of vicissitudes and disappointments, trials and illnesses.” Maggie Kuhn, American social activist, 1905-1995