[This article has been updated and revised... December 2013]
During this Holiday Season while you are busy with the hustle and bustle of shopping and celebrating traditions of Christmas with family and friends… here is some invaluable food for thought.
This is something that has been festering inside me for quite some time. To tell you the truth…I AM FURIOUS about how many of our senior citizens are being neglected, dis-respected and sadly even abused. There is absolutely no excuse acceptable for any of this happening.
Our great grandparents, our grandparents and our parents are the pioneers in our lives. They slaved and worked all of their life to make sure we always felt loved; safe and warm; had clean clothes; and always had food to eat. They picked us up when we fell down; listened when we needed to talk; held us when we cried; helped us with our homework; played games with us; and took us to church and Sunday school.
Grandpa and Grandma would always spoil us rotten. Dad and Mom would do their best to discipline us; to teach us right from wrong. They built the solid foundation for us to grow upon. We owe these pioneers a huge debt of gratitude, love and thanks. They should be precious treasures to us.
Too many of our Over-The-Hill Baby Boomers are being forgotten by families and thrown away like a piece of trash. They are considered a burden instead of a Blessing. Just walk into any Nursing Home; you will see clearly what I am saying. I applaud and admire all the Activity Directors and other health care professionals that pour their Love and their hearts into our seniors to give their lives Hope, Passion and Purpose.
My husband works night shift in one of these Nursing Homes; and he sees the lonliness, hopelessness, rejection, fear and yes…even anger displayed through their words and actions. He always makes a conscious effort; to let each one of his patients know how special they are.
I want to share another example of this Love: I have a good friend who schedules “special time” to spend with his Grandma every Friday. He never allows anything or anyone to compromise that day. HE LOVES HIS GRANDMA WITH ALL HIS HEART; and he shares that love with everyone.
People! This is the way we should be treating all Senior Citizens. Make time for a phone call…better yet…a personal visit. Many of these pioneers are stubborn willed, set in their ways and highly value their independence. They still need to be loved and treated with the Dignity and Respect they deserve and have well earned. As I stated earlier; they paved the way for you and I; they compromised and sacrificed to give us their best.
The very least we owe them…Is our Time…our Love… and our Devotion!
Remember One day you will inevitably be an “Over-The- Hill Baby Boomer.”
How do you want to be treated? Like a “Treasure”… or a “Piece of Trash!”