When it is possible to reach the so-called old age, the perspective of life changes radically. The process is slow and traumatic for many. The stigma of society doesn’t help. And the tendency is to feel pity for the elderly.
I have a different vision and for me, reaching the third age is a privilege. Not everyone comes to enjoy the benefits of retirement and the peace of having fewer responsibilities. In the train of life, we ??get on, but we do not know in which station we have to get off. The important thing is to live each life cycle to the fullest. The aging process occurs in human beings every day since the minute they are born. Overcoming life’s obstacles is a privilege.
Young people often look at the older adult as a hindrance. This attitude is wrong. The population must be educated to honor the elderly and see in them a source of wisdom and knowledge. Older people should be taught to remain active in the community. The integration of the elderly as volunteers in the community should be promoted. Isolation in older people is harmful. Physical activity and socialization are keys to a dignified old age. Retired seniors have a lot to contribute, you just have to give them the opportunity.
When we understand that old age is the product of being born and living, we will be free from its ties and prejudices. We will realize that age is just a number. The soul, feelings and emotions do not age, they only mature and grow stronger. So, let’s change the way we look at the elderly and when we look at an older person, do not feel sorry for them. We should be hugging them and congratulating them for reaching where many are not able to. Let’s treat them with the respect and admiration for the mark and legacy they are leaving on this planet.
María M. García BA, MA