Estimates suggest that by 2030, 71 million people will be between the ages of 65 and 70 and over 33 million will be age 75 or older.
It’s sad to say, but it’s pretty much the reality that old people are being considered as a burden; all because you can’t leave them alone; they can no longer work; they become more emotional and more dependent on their loved ones.
Well, I think it’s important to remember that one day we will all have to go through this phase. And, the way we are behaving with our parents, our children could be copying us someday. So, it’s important to understand the value of seniors in our life. And, here are some of my favorite quotes that highlight the value of older people.
From Bhavik Sarkhedi
“Talk to grandparents and every elderly people you come across because later, they will talk and you will listen. Hear them, they are God’s last messengers.”
From Karl Pillemer
“It’s important for older people to record their own thoughts and memories, but it’s really critical for younger people to ask them for them, and not just for stories, but for guidance and practical advice for living.”
From Life Care Services
“Older adults tend to tell more interesting stories about the past… They’ll include interesting details that bring listeners into the story with them. They also can pull from a trove of experiences younger people don’t have, simply because they’ve lived longer.”
From Margaret Mead
“If you associate enough with older people who do enjoy their lives, who are not stored away in any golden ghettos, you will gain a sense of continuity and of the possibility for a full life.”
From Mitchell Hurwitz
“You know, ‘The Golden Girls’ was a very unusual show . . . It was a show about old people and it was a very traditional show, but it was also an amazing training ground for a joke-writer. It forced me to learn those skills.”
From Ernest Agyemang Yeboah
“We must not just be recipients but givers! We must not just be keepers but donors! Giving brings relief and sharing enlightens the heart. Caring joins and showing love is life. It is never enough to acquire all acquisition. It is never enough to have all our ambitions. We must endeavor to give for giving out of a true heart is true love and true love is life.”
From Peggi Speers
“The phrase ‘Love one another’ is so wise. By loving one another, we invest in each other and ourselves. Perhaps someday, when we need someone to care for us, it may not come from the person we expect, but from the person we least expect. It may be our sons or daughter-in-laws, our neighbors, friends, cousins, stepchildren, or stepparents whose love for us has assigned them to the honorable, yet the dangerous position of caregiver.”
From Dalai Lama XIV
“If you shift your focus from yourself to others, extend your concern to others, and cultivate the thought of caring for the well being of others, then this will have the immediate effect of opening up your life and helping you to reach out.”
From Judy Cornish
“Even though people experiencing dementia become unable to recount what has just happened, they still go through the experience—even without recall.
The psychological present lasts about three seconds. We experience the present even when we have dementia. The emotional pain caused by cruel treatment or unkind talk occurs during that period.
The moods and actions of people with dementia are expressions of what they have experienced, whether they can still use language and recall, or not.”
From Psalms 23
“A psalm of David. 1 The Lord is my shepherd, I lack nothing. 2 He makes me lie down in green pastures, he leads me beside quiet waters, 3 he refreshes my soul. He guides me along the right paths for his name’s sake. 4 Even though I walk through the darkest valley,[a] I will fear no evil, for you are with me; your rod and your staff, they comfort me. 5 You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies. You anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. 6 Surely your goodness and love will follow me all the days of my life, and I will dwell in the house of the Lord forever.”