The elderly are neglected and "forgotten"
By Saroj Swain
2 Jul 2013
Thousands of elderly people are being abused and neglected in their homes by their family members and society. In some cases the treatment is so appalling that the pensioners have left 'wanted to die'. It comes after studies exposing the shocking standard of care for old people in hospitals and care homes across the globe. The elderly are neglected and "forgotten" by society because people don't want to be reminded of their own mortality
Most people in this stage of life with depression have been experiencing episodes of the illness during much of their lives. People believe that mental disorders are rare and "happen to someone else." In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread.
In developed Nations like United States of America, the older population (persons 65 years or older) in 2009 was 39.6 million. They represented 12.9 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. Report says that in 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. This will mean more demand for elderly care facilities in the coming years.
In developing nations like Nepal due to health and economic benefits, the life expectancy jumped from 27 years in 1951 to 65 in 2008. Most elderly Nepali citizens, roughly 85 percent, live in rural areas. Traditionally, parents live with their children, and today, it is estimated that 80 percent of the elderly do. This number is changing as more children leave home for work leading to loneliness or mental problems in Nepali elderly.
In Thailand it has been observed global pattern of an enlarging elderly class: as fertility control is encouraged and medical advances are made. The Thai government is concerned about this trend, but tends to let families care for their elderly members rather than create extraneous policies for them. As of 2011, there are only 25 state sponsored homes for the elderly, with no more than a few thousand members of each home.
India's cultural view of elderly care is similar to that of Nepal's. Parents are typically cared for by their children into old age, most commonly by their sons. It should be noted that in these countries, elderly citizens, especially men, are viewed in very high regard. Traditional values demand honor and respect for older, wiser people. India is facing the same problem as many developing nations in that its elderly population is increasing tremendously, with a current estimate of 90 million over the age of 60.
My appeal to everyone- They need care from the family members as they are old. But in this world, the respect, love and care are diminishing towards such people. People forget that one day they will also reach at this stage and neglected by the youngsters. Just remember an idiom "As you sow, so shall you reap" I pray almighty, for a better life for all the elderly people. Let us think twice before we neglect such people in the society.
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