Helping Elders

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Every year at the very beginning of the month of October, we celebrate the Elders Day or the International day for the Older Persons. By the resolution 45/106 of 14th Dec 1990 the United Nations General Assembly designated 01st October as the International Day of Older Persons. It is observed that in 2019 we had approximately 703 million persons aged 65 or over globally. Out of this the majority is living in the less developed countries including Sri Lanka.
When we get out of the house and start walking we meet many elderly persons out on the streets or going about. It is a common sight to see elders everywhere. The elders’ day has been organized, especially to impress upon everyone the great necessity to be involved in taking care of elderly persons. In many households we come across many elders surviving their late years with the help of the other members of the family. It is not just the elderly parents that we have to take care day to day, some of us have our grand parents and elderly relations who need our constant attention. I know of a family where there are five elderly persons who live with the family. These comprise the elderly parents of both mother and father and the elderly aunt, who happens to be the sister of one of the grannies. Family has only one child, a grown up son who goes to work with the father to earn a living to keep all eight of the family fed and clothed. It’s a daily routine and we can observe that all of them are happy and quite cheerful.

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