I love talking about the elderly because lately i have been learning a lot about this vulnerable group of society that a lot of us just pretend that they don’t exist. We treat them less than human sometimes forgetting they still need love and caring even though they can sometimes get on your nerves. But old age and grey hair is a gift and some people don’t get old before their time is up. So here is my own way of reminding myself and all of us about our grandmas/Grandpas, mums and dads:
It’s June 15, another year, another month,another day, another opportunity to do something about protecting, caring and providing for our elders.
Our elders are those we call old school;
Those who take slower steps now that their strength is gone having helped to raise the young like you and I.
S/He can no longer chew food as before
S/He likes to recapture past memories telling stories that only grandchildren are patient enough to listen to as us Adults are too busy trying to make money
Our elders are lonely and UN-cared for
Many times we ignore and behave like they don’t exist
Many times we forget to visit and make so many excuses that runs into years
Many times we leave them in the care of helps/maids who physically and verbally abuse them
Some are even raped by young evil minded neighbors and they can not even tell anyone because no one would believe.
Some elders are left in the sun for more than the hours required
We are rude to our elders; we shout at them and hurt their feelings
Some society do not even have a welfare plan/package for elderly citizens who have helped raised productive hands now working to build the society
Our elders are owed pensions
We treat our elders shabbily forgetting that we would grow old one day
Life is a full circle…you are young today and tomorrow you grow old.
Start with your mum; your dad; your uncle/aunt
Show some love to any older person living close to you
Report any case of elder abuse and lets make aging graceful for our elders!!!
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Adebisi Adetunji (C)