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Seniors deserve more respect than they get

Published: Monday, May 6, 2013 1:15 a.m. CDT

Some people in society treat the elderly with great disrespect. It falls just short of bullying.

They poke fun at their failing memory or tell them they need to try “harder” to remember.

If the elderly walk too slow because of painful, crippling arthritis, some people behind them, who are in a hurry, get upset.

They say things to the elderly they’d never say to someone their own age, or they say things to someone about them as if they’re not there.

“Oh she’s just getting old; she doesn’t know what she’s doing half the time; she can’t remember her own name; ha, ha, ha.”

Things like that are so degrading for the elderly. Young people should protect the elderly, stand up for them, help them when they need help, and never gossip about them.

The elderly have been around awhile and have lived through a lot. They deserve more respect than they get sometimes. A couple of generations ago, that wasn’t a problem – not that I recall. 

Times have changed, and some things have not changed for the better.

Some things need improvement.

Some people need to learn respect and compassion.

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