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Saturday, May 28, 2011

Care for the Elderly

Posted by Ma. Theresa Macabuag On 1:21 AM No comments

Image Taken from BloggersUnite Event--"World Day to Combat Violence Against Elderly"

Being "family oriented" is one of the great qualities that is innate among the Filipinos and this is the chain that exceptionally binds them. The worth and value being given to families would be synonymous to love and sacrifices and would also mean more than the life, itself. Who would forget about the care and love of parents to their children and how they always wanted to have their children to have a better future?!

All the sacrifices of parents are considered priceless and irreplaceable that at the end of the day, their children would only wants the best thing that they could offer to their parents in return. As Filipinos, the moment we get older and become more mature enough to handle things, it is the moment when we take responsibilities to care for our parents in return especially at times when they needed us most or even more so, during our younger age, everyone learns and always tries to find ways to repay them in our own simple ways.

The care for the elderly varies from one country to another which is basically depends on each culture and tradition. In some countries, most of the elderly are nowadays being kept in the home care but to most of the Filipinos, despite all the uncertainty of situations and poverty, they wouldn't dare to give up on their parents or grandparents.

There are only few home for the aged that can be noted in the Philippines like Hospicio de San Jose and Golden Acres.These are the two known institutions where most of the abandoned elder people are being kept in refuge, but other than that, we are all uncomfortable leaving our grandparents in the care of others.

"Hospicio De San Jose," Taken During My Nursing Affiliation in Manila, Year 2006

Though, there are several institutions which can be enumerated, established to cater for the elder people in other countries, still, this is a better way to care for them rather than to abandon them with no one else besides them. Perhaps, the lack of time and effort would mostly be the reasons for the others to allow their elderly to be kept in such institutions and  they don't mean to neglect them.

Today, 28th of May is the BloggersUnite's World Day to Combat Violence Against Elderly and this is a simple way to advocate the rights of the elderly: the rights of the elder people to be given proper care and proper needs, and the rights be given proper shelter if unable to provide proper refuge at home and not to be abandoned. 

Any act of abuse or violence against the elderly is unacceptable act of ingratitude and disrespect and we are here to fight against it. Our parents or grandparents deserve to be treated in a way they treated us during the old times. Their love, efforts and sacrifices are worth more than anything else that without them we wouldn't be here.

Written By|Azeweht


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