Many people feel that the elderly are somewhat inconvenient. These people do not, or have not, experienced the wealth of getting to know an elderly relative or friend. Remember, the elderly do not exist in a static state. They weren’t ‘born old.’ They have lived a life of full experiences, lived through social situations and adventures you can only imagine, no matter how modest and humble they might seem at this stage in their life. Age brings with its dignity, and dignity brings with it independence. The elderly deserve respect, the utmost respect we can give.
What follows is a list of ways we can respect our elderly friends or family, to make them feel what they are, truly and completely vital to the fabric of a great society.
We all know that with age comes with it growing health concerns. As someone reaches the age of 70 or 80, it’s not hard to imagine that the care we should give will need to be nuanced in its structure and intended aims. Not only this, but we will need to be certain that we are giving this care in a way that is desired, wanted, and truly necessary.
For example, many family members feel when their relative gets to a certain age, or their health declines to a point where daily independent living is inconvenient (not always impossible,) they will place their relative in an assisted living home. This has a wealth of benefits for the right person of age, but it is quite a blunt strategy to take. Sometimes, the shock of being ripped from home lived in for years and placed in a new, strange place with strange people can feel quite world shifting.
If your elderly relative warrants it, in home care can be a perfect balance between the regular scheduling of their daily life with the dignity of privately having their excess needs taking care of. This way, your relative feels as though you respect them enough to give them the space and quiet ownership of the house they have come to know and love, while also showing that you want them to live in that house in the most comfortable and safe way possible.
The elderly are a wonderful, first-hand source of history. This is why it’s so important to bring your children to visit their grandparents and nurture a close relationship between the two. The elderly are usually fountains of wisdom, little tidbits that can surprise both you and your child are likely to crop up regularly. An elderly relative is usually emboldened by visitation and the fact that you care about their views. It places them in the position they deserve, as the matriarch or patriarch of the family unit. There is nothing your grandparent or parents cares more about than you and your children, so be sure to visit them regularly to keep this love nurtured. Call them without a reason to do so, and take them aside to voice your appreciation and love for them regularly. This is what feeds an elderly soul. There is nothing more respectful.
The previous tips will help you strengthen your bond with the head of the family, and the benefits of doing so will blossom for some time to come.