Remembering the Elderly
--by Enid, posted May 23, 2006
One elderly woman needed a lot of care such as cooking, cleaning, dr. appts and so on which I was more than happy to help until she passed. Of course it broke my heart.
Since then, I've befriended several others -- some just want to have lunch and tell their stories while others need help going to the store and getting their hair fixed every week. The main thing I have noticed is that when you get older for some reason people start to ignore you and they lose their voice? I understand that sometimes there is memory loss, however, it upsets me to see dr's and even family treat them as children.
We need to take a minute out of our busy lives and do something special for an older member of our communty. It really makes their day when someone takes time to talk and show we care. I encouage you to find out about their lives ... I have heard some amazing stories from this generation.
It hurts when they are gone but, you will always have the memory and maybe you can give them a little comfort in knowing we still love and respect them. I wish I would have heard my grandparents stories before they left this earth.