Cherish our Seniors

by MichelleR on December 7, 2012

Senior citizens are hidden treasures in our communities, lives and homes. They share valuable insight and possess the secrets to life. Seniors are mature adults that have aged like a fine wine, their hair has turned to silver and white, hands are filled with wrinkles, and backs that were once straight are now curved. The physical strength that once was acquired is now slipping away, life lines are imprinted in their faces. If you take the time to look into their eyes you can see that their souls are filled with determination, a hint of doubt, and maybe a little bit of hopelessness. It is the glimmer of determination that family, friends, and communities should recognize and encourage. The elderly still have a great deal to offer to our communities if we just allow them. The younger generations don’t give the elderly enough credit for their skills and abilities and this mind set may actually do more harm to your elderly loved one, than good. Allow them to be as independent as possible!
Every elderly person has a story to tell, each life was a wealth of victories and defeats, fabulous love stories and romantic rendezvous, lives filled with happiness and great sadness, joys and losses. Our seniors were once young and loved and lived and smiled and danced to life’s song. They knew what it was like to have nothing and some knew what it was like to have everything. They understood how to appreciate and value the simple things and cherish every moment that is given. Their wisdom and knowledge supersedes many. Our seniors are unbelievable and have a wealth of information, a grand library of life, the best private tutor and instructor you can encounter. If they are able and willing to be involved in their communities, we can all benefit. Let them share!
They are skilled, strong, feisty, fighters, graceful, and independent. They are one of our most valuable treasures and without them we cannot be.
We ought to honor them, love them, and respect them. Take the time to sit and talk with an elderly person and you will travel to an entirely different world; one that was more simple and full of hope. Don’t push them away because they may not remember things as quickly as before, or because they are not the person you remember before complications and certain circumstances. Instead, listen to their stories (even if it’s the 100th time you’ve heard it), take in their wisdom, and treat them as an equal. Next time you are in the presence of an elder, give them a smile, offer them your seat, extend a safe, sturdy arm to assist with walking, help them carry their bags, grab that item for them off the top shelf, and share a kind word; it will make their day and it will make your soul richer.

 

A close senior friend of mine told me that the secret to quality of life is having a sense of purpose.

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