Many people feel that the elderly are somewhat inconvenient. And it’s those same people who do not or have not experienced the wealth of getting to know a senior. Remember, the elderly do not exist in a static state; they weren’t “born old.” They have lived a life of experiences that you can only imagine, no matter how frail they might seem at this late stage in life. Age brings with it dignity, and dignity brings with it independence. Thus, the elderly deserve respect, the utmost respect we can give. What follows are simple ways to show respect for elders, to make them feel what they are, which is truly and completely vital to the fabric of society.
Care for Their Health and Well-being
We all know that with age comes growing health concerns. As someone reaches the age of 70 or 80, the care they get must change in both structure and intention. Also, be certain that you’re giving this care in ways that the senior wants and are truly necessary.
For example, some people put their relative in an assisted-living home when they reach a certain age or their health declines to a point where daily independent living is inconvenient (not always impossible). While a care home can have many benefits for the right person of age, it is a blunt strategy. It can be a big shock to be ripped from a home lived in for years and placed in a new, strange place with strange people.
If your senior parent or another relative warrants it, in-home care is an option. It can offer a great balance between their regular schedule and the dignity of having their pain levels and other needs taken care of privately. This approach shows respect for elders as you give them the space and quiet ownership of the house they know and love, while also showing that you want them to live in comfortably and safely.
Show Respect for Elders by Listening to Them
Old family members and friends are a wonderful first-hand source of history. That’s why it’s important to bring your children to visit their grandparents and nurture a close relationship between them.
Seniors are usually fountains of wisdom. Their tidbits can surprise both you and your child regularly. And, as you visit more, they’re likely to open up more. They’ll probably also love the fact that you care about their views. When you listen, it is a sign of respect for elders.
Essentially, you are placing them in the position they deserve, as the matriarch or patriarch of the family unit. Likely a parent or grandparent cares more about than you and your children than anything else. Thus, be sure to visit them regular to nurture this love. Also, call them for no reason and take them aside regularly to voice your appreciation and love for them.
Also, for your kids, grandparents can be a great source of relationship advice. Asking their opinion and truly listening to their wisdom is one of the many things that feeds an elderly soul.
Final Words on Respect for Elders
I hope the tips above will help to strengthen your bond with seniors, from your parents to friends. Furthermore, may the benefits of doing so blossom for a long time to come.
What are some other ways to show respect for elders? Do you think less people today show them respect than in past generations?