Increasing misbehavior on the elderly is the identity of cultureless society


In today’s modern era, the society is changing rapidly, people are getting divided from big family to small family. Young generation takes pride in their modern thinking, they like to live apart, people want their personal independent space. Have to go to study outside, go to work, take career to heights. Nowadays, after growing up, a person forgets his past, present and prefers to live for his future, that is, forgetting the sacrifice, dedication, struggle and work done by his elderly parents, only thinking about his own future and his children. He has started doing it, but he is forgetting the reason for which he has become so responsible, then in such a situation, in whose trust are he leaving the responsibility of those elders of the house. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is observed every year on 15th June to highlight and take action against the increasing cases of elder abuse. This year’s 2023 theme is Closing the Circle: Addressing Gender-Based Violence, Legislation and Evidence-Based Responses in Aging Policy.

According to the World Health Organization, nearly 1 in 6 people aged 60 and older have experienced abuse. Older people in institutions such as long-term care facilities have higher rates of abuse. There has been an increase in the rate of abuse of older people during the corona pandemic. Elder abuse can result in serious physical injuries and long-term psychological consequences. Abuse of older people is predicted to increase as many countries face rapidly aging populations. The global population of people aged 60 and over will increase from 900 million in 2015 to approximately 2000 million in 2050. Nearly 82 percent of India’s elders live with their families, according to a HelpAge India report, but they are often subjected to verbal abuse, neglect and physical violence. The survey states that 35 per cent elders faced abuse by their sons and 21 per cent reported abuse by their daughters-in-law. The Agewell Foundation, in its study on the subject, found that 73 per cent of older people reported tolerating various forms of abuse in their homes during the lockdown. Today, news of increasing misbehavior towards the elderly is seen and heard everywhere in the society, which has increased rapidly with time and has reached an inhuman level. Even on social media, videos related to this topic go viral. Misbehaving with elders means torturing them while they are alive and it is a matter of great shame that their own people are giving them these tortures. Today, there is also that affluent class in the society who have gone to big cities or abroad and their parents leave their lives while waiting for their arrival here, yet their children do not want to attend the last rites. Is. To get wealth, to get work done or not have to serve them, the elders are tortured. Those children who misbehave with their elders and leave them on the streets like beggars or abandoned in old age homes, if the elders had also done the same thing in their youth, they had left these children in orphanages or on the streets, then perhaps they would not have seen such bad days today. .

Modern lifestyle and cultureless society are responsible for the increasing abuse of elders. Our thoughts should be modern, not our culture. The elders misbehave with the elders in front of their children, then the children, imitating the elders, misbehave with their parents and so on. Even the big people who show goodness in the society are seen misbehaving with the elders in their house. The elders need the support of their loved ones the most in this age and this is the time for us to be their strong support and stay with them. First the parents bring up the children by nurturing them, then the children grow up and serve those old parents, this is the rule of culture and life. We should have the same affection for our elders as the parents have for their children. After the passage of time and means, it is not possible for a person to change his behavior with his own people. There is a request to the parents that they should not have blind love towards their loved ones or children, otherwise it can put you in trouble. Do not get so lost in the process of making the future of the children that you have to put your own future at stake, that is, take decisions in life after sensing the time and situation, because many times it happens that the parents sacrifice themselves for the sake of the children. They spoil them and decorate them and the very next moment the same children separate their parents from their homes and send them to old age homes. Such behavior for the elderly is continuously increasing, so now the number of old age homes in the society is also increasing a lot.

Elderly people are the pride of the house, they should be given maximum respect in the house. Elderly people take care of the family, in a house where there are no elders, there are more chances of tradition, culture, dignity, relationships, identity made from generations being shattered. Misbehavior towards elders should stop. People who misbehave will also pass through this stage in a few years after becoming old and no one can tell how our future will be. Have affection and affinity towards the elderly, take care of them keeping their needs in mind. In life, we should treat others in the same way as we expect others to treat us. The responsibility of taking care of the elderly parents is entirely that of the children, of the family. In case of elder abuse, call Elder Line 14567 toll-free number for immediate help. It is a national helpline for senior citizens set up by the Ministry of Social Justice and Empowerment, this number is available from 8:00 am to 8:00 pm, which provides free information, guidance, emotional support, cases of abuse Intervention in the field provides rescue, care, empathy, encouragement and reunification of homeless veterans. You can also call Helpline number 1800-180-1253 of HelpAge India and their official number is 011-41688955/56. We often see misbehavior towards the elders around us, but everyone remains silent even after knowing, everyone has the right to live with respect, please be aware, help, keep your moral values, values ​​and parents’ debt. Never forget, be a human and live with humanity. Mobile no. 082374 17041

, dr. Gedam

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