Woman speaker in the video illuminated, aging comes with changes that can seem humorous to others.
From getting in the wrong car, to excess skin, to new hair growth in strange places, there are many changes one goes through when aging.Instead of looking at these changes with frustration and disdain, this woman speaker was able to find the humor in it all and deliver a poignant poem at the end.
The takeaway from this video is that while the aging population experiences changes that slow them down, cause confusion, and impair hearing and other functions we take for granted in our younger years, we should forgive, understand, and appreciate what the elderly have to offer. We should treat them with dignity.
According to the Administration for Aging, “persons 65 years or older—numbered 46.2 million in 2014 (the latest year for which data is available). They represented 14.5% of the U.S. population, about one in every seven Americans. By 2060, there will be about 98 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2014.”
Source: U.S. Census Bureau, American Community Survey
Someone who is over 65, whether it is a co-worker, neighbor, grandparent, or even a parent. We need to ask ourselves how we would want these people in our lives to be treated.
Furthermore, we will age one day. We need to ask ourselves how we want to be treated.
The answer is with understanding, admiration, patience, and empathy. After all, if it were not for our elderly, we would not have some of the freedoms and rights we enjoy today.
Consider the overall contribution our elderly population has made to society.
Our aging population laid the groundwork for the way we live today in a digital world where anything is possible from anywhere at any time. This notion calls for a celebration of our elders and an admiration for what they have accomplished.
In addition, we need to show patience for the elderly man and woman. This means not honking our horns when we see an elderly driver going slowly, not tapping our feet anxiously as we wait for the person in front of us to dig through their coin purse, and not being arrogant and disrespectful when an elderly person asks us to repeat something.
Instead, we should exercise patience and recognize the innate changes in physical ability that comes with aging such as those mentioned above. We need to show a little understanding and empathy along with our patience for our elderly.
Aging is something that we all do, and while pundits and politicians want to argue over how to manage this population’s care, we need to have a different discussion.
That discussion has nothing to do with Medicare, Medicaid, social security, or long-term care. That discussion needs to be around the attitude we have towards the elderly.
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