Name never dies - Remembering the aged

P.D. Padmasiri By P.D. Padmasiri, 31st Aug 2011 | Follow this author | RSS Feed
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Our aged and senior citizens have rendered valuable service to the society and shared their best to their families and the society. Sadly they get a shabby deal when they reach their twilight years in the final phase of their journey in life.

Never abandon elders

No child who lives the full cycle of life can escape old age, just as much as no elder who lives to a ripe old age can escape going into a "second childhood". Today most of you spend your lives, wrapped up in the warmth of your parents' love, assured of the fact that they will take good care of you and protect from all danger and harm. You will remember that your parents are strong and capable of providing you a safe, secure life today. It is sad that as time goes by, and the biological clock ticks away the years, making your loved parents aged, feeble people, while you grow up to become strong, healthy adults, then think, who should look after whom?. They may need a lot of love, tender care and assistance, just as much as you needed them in your childhood, but in fact, how many of you would really have the patience or the time to dedicate to these aged parents?

Twilight years

In good old days, most children lived with their parents and grandparents, even after marriage. But nowadays, children want to live separate after marriage. The earlier system is gradually vanishing and now the nuclear families live in small annexes or flats and go to work. We see appalling conditions as there is not enough room to accommodate the elderly or even take care of them, as domestics too are hard to find. Some tend to keep their elderly parents at home but as the younger generation doesn't like it, they don't. It is very sad to see the shoddy way they are being treated even at this final stage of their life. When the elderly parents are active, healthy and strong, some like to keep them so that they can do all the household chores and also take care of the grandchildren!

Love and care

Today many elders, abandoned by the very children they loved and nurtured, languish in elders' homes, undergoing untold difficulties. They have shared you with abundant love and care for a greater part of his life.

Don't shirk your duties

Society has become more cruel and is gradually dwindling civilized norms from the society in this competitive society. Most children are ungrateful. They have no values and principles. They don't do their duty by their parents and many end up in elders' home at the end.

Don't be ungrateful

Most people have lots of social and economical problems but none of these should be a cause to abandon your aged parents because you have an obligation to look after their elderly parents till they die.

The truth

Never forget what the elders do for you when you are but a child, helpless and utterly dependent on them for your welfare. Bear in mind the fact that someday, you too will be an elder!

Name never dies

Can I dream to also go along?
With faith you curl
Your little fingers round mine,
Sure that you are safe with me.
As the years go by and the
orders reverse,
Will you hold the lamp for me?

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Aged, Aged Population, Health, Health Care, Healthy Living, Kind, Kindness, Maltreatment, Obligations, Parental Involvement, Parental Love, Parenthood, Parents, Public, Recognition, Respect, Senior Citizens, Society, Treatment, Twilight

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
I am from Weedagama, Bandaragama, SRI LANKA, HR Manager by profession and have 17 years of experience in my chosen field. I am interested in writing on Buddhism, Spiritual advancement, Nature etc.

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author avatar Delicia Powers
1st Sep 2011 (#)

Beautiful P.D....

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
1st Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you very much Delicia for the interest in reading this which I believe will go a long way to bring a ray of hopes to our elders, equally important segment of society.

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author avatar Maria Malone
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

Well done P.D., my mother-in-law has lived with us for many years and while it is difficult at times, we do manage to make it work.

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you very much for supportive comments and I am delighted to have learnt learnt your loving-kindness and compassion towards your mother-in-law. Best regards Maria - Good Luck

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author avatar P.D. Padmasiri
2nd Sep 2011 (#)

Thank you very much for supportive comments and I am delighted to have learnt your loving-kindness and compassion towards your mother-in-law. Best regards Maria - Good Luck

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author avatar Songbird B
30th Sep 2011 (#)

An excellent page and a plight that too many elderly folk now face. In the name of progress, we have lost so many of the old values.. A really worthy message...

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author avatar Beatriz salazar
10th Apr 2012 (#)

Thank you for your marvelous and wise words! I agree 100%.

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