It is often said that older people are no less than children. They are often a neglected section of the society and it is very unfortunate that sometimes they don't get the care and attention they need. TV shows often portray older characters as pivotal parts of the plot and this should translate off screen as well, don't you think?
A few of our favourite TV celebs have shared their views on the subject. Here is how these telly actors want to take care of the elderly-
Being in a joint family is what I believe is one answer to this problem. I've been brought up in a big joint family and truly value that even today. Family means everything to me and if we all live together with a little bit of adjustment and compromise, we will become responsible to not only taking care of the elders in the house but also others in society. Goodness begins at home.
Taking care of the elderly is our responsibility. Be it our own relatives or maybe our neighbors, we should always care for them. A simple hello a few times a week can do wonders. Maybe we should check on them regularly to make sure they are okay.
At home, it's easy to take care of the elders in your family. You can make sure that they have all that they need and that they are comfortable. But more importantly, it is your company that they need. You must spend time with them.
I always felt the need for a government department specially dedicated to looking after the safety of senior citizens, adopted infants and special children (physically or mentally challenged). I have seen and heard many cases of people being ill-treated by their own family members. And neighbors too should be kind. My neighbor, an old aunt lives alone but whenever she's sick or in any need she doesn't feel alone since I am always there to help her.
Elders become like children beyond a point. They need to be taken care of like them as well. So please make sure that the older people around you are happy. You can always check up on their health, accompany them to the places where they are hesitant to go alone or just give them company.
Keep visiting your parents, be in touch, if can install CCTV inside and outside their homes, that's great. But the best thing is if you can stay with them or bring them to the place where you are staying. If there is a wish there is a way. The security guards in the area can also keep a list of senior citizens, who are living alone and patrol their houses.
I think senior citizens should not be left alone and children should take care of them, no matter how busy they are. People, who are working all day long, should install CCTV cameras and should be staying in a proper security, trusted registered employees should be appointed for them. An hourly call should be made and they must be given a cell phone and emergency helpline number should be put on speed dial. A pet or a trusted guard should help.
Aren't these amazing example to follow?