Thursday, June 15, 2006

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day

I agree. Its no secret that elders are abused by their own family for a variety of reasons. Usually, abuse takes the form of verbal or physical harassment, either for property or because the family does not want to take on the responsibility of caring for the older folks.
During my undergraduate days, I had taken up a summer job with a pharmaceutical company. My job was to record the out-patient details. Most of the patients I interviewed were elders and each one had a tragic tale to tell. I still remember a conversation where an old woman told me that her son had kicked out both the parents and now she does not have enough money to tend to her husband's health. Yet another poured out her woes saying that she has been reduced to a house-maid following her husband's death. She spent most of her sleeping time, caring for the young ones while thier parents were at work.
The WHO in association with the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse (INPEA) is observing June 15 as the first ever The First World Elder Abuse Awareness Day.
Please join me in preventing any future abuse of elders across the globe. Elders for their part should ensure that they have some savings to take care of them in their final days. As tragic and sad as it sounds, it seems like the only practical thing to do, given the times that we live in. As for the family, shame on those who abuse their own because only time will tell how thier children will treat them.
The old ones deserve all the love and paitence you can give them. Please don't shut them out.


Soumyadip said...

It might have been done to death by film scriptwriters, but it always holds true – One day the abusers would also grow old.

Atul Sabnis said...

reminds me of something i said earlier - human learning - unfortunately is not cumulative...there is something abt us that makes us forget some very important values

bing said...

they say there'll be no abusive people if there're no people who permits it. but, what can the elders do?