The western society has been described the phenomenon of the population aging as a ‘burden’ and a ‘problem’. This has been going on since the beginning of the 20th century. There is enough evidence using which we could prove that the modernized western society is highly ageist. The elderly are mostly perceived to be stereotypically rigid in their thought process and old-fashioned in their values. Concurrently, the elderly are perceived to hold negative thoughts regarding themselves and their surroundings.
All these various different perceptions, most of them false, lead to the various ethical issues the elderly face today. The ethical issues might be in relation to their health care or just care in general. It disappoints me when I see all ethical boundaries being crossed and words like ‘oldsters’ ‘overaged’ and ‘ senile’ being used to describe us.
What surprises me, even more, is the fact that these ethical issues are not even considered to be that big of a deal. Why is it not a big deal when the caregivers make fun of the elderly and various problems they face? Why is it considered to be normal when someone makes fun of the elderly? We make a huge group of the entire population. We deserve just as much respect and care as other age groups.
In the United States of America, all of us live in an extremely age ghettoized society and have come to view the old age as despicable. However, the process is just as normal and inevitable as all the others. Those who believe that those in their sixties are nonproductive and a burden on the society should actually strive towards improving their ethical and moral values. We the elderly are a treasure trove of knowledge and when treated with kindness we can become one of your best friends.
Respect is a very important part of all cordial relationships. If you understand the meaning of disrepute, you would be able to distinguish respect in a better manner. Disrespecting someone means that you have no ethical values towards the person you are disrespecting. Numerous people do not value the elderly they have in their lives and treat them like inferiors. Showing respect to the elderly means to be kind along with understanding towards them. Simply hearing them out even when you do not agree with them can make their day!