International Day of Older Persons – 1 October 2018

by Patrick Liew on August 16, 2019

International Day of Older Persons – 1 October 2018

Be grateful to older persons living in your midst.

They did their part to build the world around you and you’re enjoying the fruits of their labour.

Without them, including your parents or grandparents, you’ll not be alive.

When you were young, dependent and vulnerable, many of these older persons lent their hands to look after you.

Helped to provide the food you need, clothe and protect you, and look after your every need.

Contributed to developing a conducive environment around you so that you can grow up properly.

Built up your community, economy, and country.

If your eyes are open, you can see true beauty in every older person – not the kind of beauty that has oftentimes been distorted by the commercial world.

With open ears, you’ll realise their stories are melodies of a different genre.

These stories can nonetheless be just as captivating and enriching.

No matter how educated, smart or accomplished you are, there are many more lessons that older persons can teach you.

They have a wise teacher that has spent more time with them than you.

This teacher is Professor Experience.

Experience can impart many valuable lessons in life and these lessons may not be taught in a classroom.

Fortunately, they can be transferred to you through older persons.

The elderly are an important conduit of wisdom, the application of which can help you to live and live well.

They can pass on sound philosophy and values to you.

Highlight virtues and warn you of dangers to put you on track to live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Unfortunately, many have closed their minds.

They have not been the most diligent in soliciting nuggets of wisdom from older persons.

Someday, they will understand what this meant when they try to pass on some of their nuggets of wisdom to the next generation.

How can you repay your parents and older persons who have helped you directly or indirectly in our life?

How can you return a debt of gratitude to the people of their generation?

When you meet older persons, remember they may be somebody’s parents and loved ones.

What if they are your parents, how will you treat them?

What can you do for these older persons that you hope others will to do the same to your parents and to yourself in the future?

Remember: You Too Will Grow Old.

How should you set an example and teach your children and the younger generation about respecting older persons?

How can you prevent others from disrespecting and ill-treating older persons and potentially creating a cold and heartless world?

How can you teach the young about looking after older persons so that in the future, you will be well looked after?

There are people who are indifferent to looking after older persons and are not doing anything about it.

In the future, they will be thankful that many people are working for their sunset years right now.

When they grow old, they will realise others have been protecting them and fighting for their well being.

These kind-hearted people have been helping to make the evenings of their lives safe and secure.

The way you treat older persons will shape your community, your country and the future.

Therefore, help older persons live a meaningful and fulfilling life.

Do everything possible to help them age with dignity and age gracefully.

In doing so, you’re also helping to pave the way for others to look after your parents and yourself when you join the silver generation.

You can then look forward to the future with hope and optimism.

Have peace of mind because you’re assured of a place in a kind and gracious society.

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I hope this message will find a place in your heart.

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