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December 3, 2008

Elder Care: Why Dump Elders in Old Age Homes

Why dump elders in old age homes?
By CJ: Haider ,
24 Nov 2008

Do we have to dump our elders in old age homes? Why can they not live with us under the same roof? It is the least they deserve, considering what all they've sacrificed for our sake. Before long, we will become elders too and we forget this fact.

IT IS really heart-wrenching to see the plight of our elders in society. Their wards and others should give them more respect and more care. Though it is not too common at the moment, it obtains in our country and a good number of seniors are living in old age homes run by different charities. The main reason behind the problem is the present-day social fabric of the world. In today’s’ global village, the youth of the country have forgotten their own culture and legacy. They are following their western counterparts after attaining a certain status in society. It is better to understand the social fabric of the country because only then we will be able to appreciate the problem and its cure. The most beautiful aspect of Indian culture is its joint family system, which is now gradually collapsing. In the joint family system in India, parents, children and spouses of the children resided under the same roof. But with the passage of time, the joint family system is collapsing and people are happier living with their spouses and children alone, leaving their elderly parents to live in loneliness. I don’t understand such attitude on the part of young Indians towards their ageing parents.

I don’t understand why people forget the hardship the parents went through for the sake of the children. It looks like our parents have wasted their whole life nurturing weeds instead of nurturing fruit-bearing plants.

It will be nice on the part of the younger generation if they understand that the elderly people are not a liability to us. These elderly people are very much a part of our society and family and hence it is our duty to care for them and respect them.

SOURCE: MeriNews
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