The disrespect and disregard shown to our oldest citizens is probably the saddest and worst disease of our 21st century society. I have worked as a carer in a nursing home and some residents are treated like children just because they are old or have mental agility issues.
If you know someone is older than you, could be your parents, your grandparents, why would you stand by and watch them struggle? Why would you lower yourself to not helping them in every way possible? They are our past, our future if we learn, talk, and listen to them. The least we can do is help them.
My elderly friends inspire me because they remind me to think ahead in life; they make me think about my whole life and not just today. I want to be able to look back and feel happy about my accomplishments. Or, if I were to die today, I want to be happy with what I am leaving behind. The elderly have taught me how to love better.
This is so true. I used to volunteer at the nursing home here and made some of the best friends I've ever had. The elderly are funny and kind and might as well still be small children. They taught me many things but mainly: You aren't required to grow up. - Caitlin