Elderly of America and all nations possess much wisdom, experience, passion, love and understanding. But they are not treated with the respect and care they deserve due to beliefs that elderly are senile or ill-tempered. This discussion of elderly respect comes at a time when the global population of older people 65+ is expected to triple to 1.5 billion by mid-century.
The United States is one of a few countries where a number of people think individuals are responsible for their own well-being when they get old. Thinking about older adults gives one thoughts of their own aging and possibility of accompanying troubles. This tends to push people to look at age as a bad thing. Because of this view some people choose to avoid and forget cultural rituals of respect –especially in Western civilizations where elders are viewed from an ageist mentality.
Japanese professor David Nakamoto of UH’s Modern and Classical Languages, is 73 years old and has lived in America for about 40 years and he’s seen how differently Americans and his fellow Japanese treat their elders.
Nakamoto says “You know, young people, they don’t know how to behave before elders in America. Now it’s all breaking down, all these orders: respect, traditions …people don’t have any patience.”
This is also a situation that’s changing slightly in Japan. The youth are becoming less respectful of elderly –just as they are in America –but due to cultural rituals, respect still exists.
What it all comes down to is that younger people have been trained to wear their individuality on their sleeve and therefore possess as much distain as they do resourcefulness. Oddly, this disdain is directed at none other than those who taught them to be individuals.
There’s nothing cool or punk-rock about avoiding, disliking or ignoring the elderly. It’s almost the same as biting the hand that feeds you.
Read Article (Henry Sturm | thedailycougar.com | 01/28/2015)
Unfortunately, the lack of respect for elderly (senior citizens) is definitely not new hence the word ‘Ageist’. But that’s a sad reason not to assist their learning to use mobile devices. This really just makes support that much more important. Bridging the technology generation gap must begin with respect.
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