Today we talk so much about woman’s rights, women’s protection, help line and laws to govern them. Have you ever thought that there is a much abused society among us who need immediate attention. They are the Old people living in every home. Most neglected and abused they live a shameful life with no one to talk, no money to get what they want and no one to really care whether they live in hygienic conditions? All this for the hard work and the whole life spent to bring up their kids and earn for their comfort and future. Without least thinking whether they will be looked after by these kids one day when they will need them most?
The kids just because they are more educated and have good jobs think their parents as old fashioned. They consider them as a burden and a pain in their neck.
Not to mention the way they are abused by daughter in laws. The same kids who abuse their parents offer social service and donate huge amounts to gain tax free benefits and few words of appreciation for their money for a social cause.
Parents don’t need your money all they need is some time to sit near them and listen. Is this a very hard thing to do?
Disease knows no age or time. Elders need medical care and constant checkups. Now times have changed and every medical help can be received at your doorstep.
If you have money you can treat your old parents as kings and queens. Just with a click of the mouse all things needed for the elders care can be ordered online and delivered at your door step. Just 5 minutes of your time is suffice to make them happy and contented for whole day.
Remember that one day you will also be old and they might be no one to look after. Time and tide waits for none, it might reverse anytime. If you don’s care for your parents your kids are watching. You are setting a bad example and teaching them what is right for them to do in future. You will be treated as you treat your elders or even worse. There are a lot of elders staying alone in fear and uncertainty. Their kids are abroad or out station and are left alone to mend their ways. There are many who are partially mobile and need help staying alone depending on the hands of servant maids.
Many elders are ill treated by their kids and daughter in laws. In many cases drunken sons abuse their parents very badly and the police are silent if at all they complain, stating that it is a family issue. where and what is the helpline for such elders? whom to contact during emergency? what steps have we taken to protect our elders? Western countries have special medical care, monetary benefits and monthly monetary help for elders apart from Insurance and other benefits in society. But we boast about our family values and culture , but are we taking care of our elders???