One of the main problems we have in our society is the way that many people see the elderly. Once people get old, some people feel that they are no longer valuable and should be cast aside. To break this negative perspective, teach the young ones in your life that the experience that the elderly hold are a priceless gift to us all. Here’s a list of what every young person should know about old people.
1. Hold An Abundance of Wisdom: One of the best things about seniors citizens is that they have an endless vault of knowledge gained from weathering the ups and downs of life. They have pretty much seen it all and many are eager to share their stories. Encourage the young person in your life to talk with an elder because they may learn a thing or two from them.
2. Senior Generalizations Are False: Our media portrays all seniors as people who can no longer mentally or physically function. But the reality is that many seniors remain healthy, have tons of energy and are capable of doing a variety of hobbies.
3. Everyone Ages: The young may think of senior life as being lightyears away. Teach them that aging is a natural process of life and that everyone will get old one day. Convey to them that just because a person may physically change in their senior years doesn’t mean that they are any less of a beautiful human being.
One of the best ways to combat negative elderly generalizations is to talk with the young people in your life and set them straight. If you need more information on the things that young people should know about old people, please feel free to contact us.