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You recently visited an old folks' home. The conditions you saw there were so appalling that you decided to write a letter to the press, expressing your views about the problems face by the elderly and the treatment they get from their children and society.
 
Treatment of the Old by Our Society

Dear Sir,

I recently visited an old folks' home and had the opportunity to see the treatment meted out to the old. The conditions there were so appalling that I could not help but wonder how children can treat their parents in such a way. It is obvious that modern society is built by the young for the young, with no consideration for the old, sick, handicapped or incapable. They are merely tolerated as a liability or nuisance. So these hardly wanted people are thrown into homes instead of faring better, they are forgotten and left to the mercies of the caretakers, limited donations from the public and financial problems.

The old, who was once young, must have helped to make the present society as it is today. They would not have paid heed to the needs of the older generation, thus they themselves are neglected and unappreciated now. But it is still not a reason for neglecting the elderly in our society. An old person does not have the physical ability of a young person. Walking itself is an effort, so crossing the road, especially with today's traffic, can be impossible without assistance. I have seen old men and women who could not cross a busy road that had no pedestrian crossing. No driver stopped for them. So these old folks had to wait patiently until a kind soul lent a hand. I have helped a number of them and most of them were very grateful while some simply cursed the traffic. What is clear here is that traffic rules are unfriendly to the old and the impaired, and people themselves have no patience or respect for them.

The busy world today is certainly not kind to old folks. Getting onto a bus is another problem they encounter. The old person is usually the last to get on, if he manages. I have seen a bus conductor refusing entry of an old man, telling him to wait for the next bus because his bus was full. If the old man does get on, the likelihood is that he will have to stand. Rarely does anyone give up his seat for an old man or woman as that is the culture our youth follows nowadays.

You see this trend in public buses and trains. While authorities are trying the best to help them by allocating seats for special people, there are many who misuse them. Many pretend not to read the signs or to see an old person standing with several bags or simply feel they have more right to sit as they had boarded earlier. Obviously, their upbringing did not include respect for the weak and disabled.

Formerly, the family unit was strong and practical as most people did not go very far from their birthplace. Today, the family unit is breaking apart as young men and women travel widely in search of better jobs. So, the old are left alone and neglected. Sometimes, they are not wanted by their children. They are left to pine their lives away in their empty house or in an old folks' home where their children dump them and relinquish their responsibilities. This neglect is a very real problem in our society and it is what the old dread the most - being unwanted and uncared for in the time of need.

The indifference and lack of filial piety shown by the young is what has to be addressed. Many countries have laws to safeguard the interests of the old. While we cannot force the young to take care of their old parents, I suggest the authorities take action against those who are found to have neglected their parents, leaving them to starve, unable to take care of themselves. Even if they have no choice but to place their parents in homes, they should visit them regularly to check on their welfare and the care given by the caretakers. Failure to do so should be reported, and these uncaring children should face the law like any other criminal. The matter should be taken seriously. We must remember that soon, our parents will die and we will take their place.

Concerned citizen,

     
 
 

 

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