- N. Srinivasan, Former DG, CII
Each man or woman is an individual in his/her own right, with well-defined likes and dislikes that have to be respected. This fact does not change as one gets old, so make sure that seniors are always treated with due respect.
From simple tasks like paying bills or taking care of the weekly shopping to bigger responsibilities like taking up a vocation after retirement, the elderly can do it all with a bit of belief in themselves. Many elderly people also take up voluntary activities to serve the community.
Active elderly people are more immune to various ailments than the ones who are not active. Ensuring that they exercise daily can provide them with a boost to take care of not only themselves but others around them.
The senior members of society are patriarchs who deserve our respect for their experience and wisdom. They expect to be a part of all family matters in a beneficial way.
The elderly should be encouraged to form clubs and gatherings where likeminded people can pursue shared interests. The company of friends not only cheers them up, but also gives them a chance to take up hobbies together.
Do not let the elderly suffer from poor self-esteem merely by taking all decisions on their behalf. While as a son or daughter you may have their best interests at heart, do remember that they will feel great if you seek out their opinion.
When an elderly person has to be looked after and taken care of, it is his or her right as a parent. They have done everything in their time to ensure that children get the best of everything. So, the minimum that they deserve is gentleness and respect when they are indisposed.