Social Media Team Tuesday, September 05, 2017
As a culture, are we doing enough? Showing respect for the elderly is easy and something everyone should do.
Are you showing enough respect for the elderly?
“Respect your elders.” It’s something we’ve heard since childhood, but is it something we practice in our everyday lives? We all agree that having respect for elders is important, but do we actually show this respect in a clear, direct, and intentional way? Having respect for the elderly creates better connections with people who have plenty of life experience and wisdom to share. In our hurried lives, it can be easy to disregard the direct benefits of having respect for seniors, but you can learn much about life by being respectful, gaining respect, and simply listening. You can learn about important morals, values, and principles that seniors have developed over decades. You can learn about how to keep a job for fifty years or how to maintain a great marriage for seventy years. By actively showing respect, you, and the rest of our culture, have much to gain.
Respecting the elderly is easy, convenient, and free
So how can you show this respect? In addition to saying “yes, sir” and “yes, ma’am,” what can you do that demonstrates the respect that seniors deserve? You probably won’t be surprised to learn that it’s simple, easy, and of course, it doesn’t cost a penny; it’s just a matter of behavior. You can start by considering how you address people. Many seniors grew up in a generation for which “Mr.,” “Mrs.,” and “Miss” were the proper ways to address people, and they may view being called “Bill” or “Mary” as disrespectful. Shake hands with people you meet for the first time, make full eye contact, and avoid using slang they may not understand. If they served in the US Armed Forces, thank them for their service and sacrifice. They may share information about the period and branch in which they served, but don’t press them for details unless they first express their wish to share them with you. In many cases, simply listening to their life stories is a sign of respect. Given time, seniors may share fascinating tales from their childhoods or adult lives, giving you a glimpse into American or foreign history that you can’t experience from a book. Throughout it all, if you simply be authentic, attentive, and in the moment, you’ll show (and receive) plenty of respect.
Vitae Care understands the importance of respecting elders
Respect for elders is important to the entire team at Vitae Care. Not only do we have a respectful attitude, we take the time to actively treat all elderly people, regardless of their mental or physical condition, with the utmost respect. This is essential for delivering high-quality home care that produces the best results for all people. We address people with respectful terms and always make sure that everyone gets the attention and care they deserve. Respect is an essential part of our home care services and is part of what makes our team so exceptional. Vitae Care—More Than Just Care.