This link is to the original 1079 Life radio station post on Facebook.
1079 Life is with Denise A. Plouffe.
October 8, 2019 ·
“Twice this week, I have watched an elderly individual, fade into the busy life in which we all live. One man just needed Panadol for his wife but the shop assistant simply said it’s in aisle ‘6’. But he struggled to navigate the supermarket and as I watched him go in the wrong direction, I left all my groceries and took him where he needed to go.”
“Today, I watched an elderly man struggle in the heat, who had obviously had a fall with a huge scrape and blood on his leg. He walked past people in the cafe, while he slowly made his way to his car. Not one person stopped. Or looked. Or acknowledged him. I took him to his car and checked he was ok. He told me he had a fall and wasn’t sure how the air con worked in his car so he just didn’t use it. I sat with him, until his air con kicked in and heard him talk about the old frail body that he is in, that fails him now, every single day.”
“When you see an elderly person walking down the street, searching in the supermarket or struggling to their car, take a minute out of your busy schedule and ask them if they need a hand. Think about your grandparents and your parents and how upset you would be if someone didn’t stop to help them. But more, think of them as you.”
“Once upon a time they were you. They were busy, they had work, they had children, and they were able. Today, they are just in an older body that is not going as fast as it used to and this busy life is confusing. They deserve our utmost respect and consideration. One day it will be you, it will be us. I wish more people cared more about them and acknowledged them for their admirable existence and jeez I hope someday, not that far away, someone does it for me.”
~ Adele Barbaro- The Real Mumma.
#understanding #patience #compassion
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Quite frankly, I wept when I read this. Aging can be so unfair and bewildering. As a caregiver to family members and now experiencing it myself, I can really relate. Things that were easy become difficult. Actions we used to take for granted can become impossible. Many times we do not ask for help. We don't want to bother others. Acts of kindess mean everything. Be aware, be alert, be kind. One day it will be you.
And on the other side of the coin, that's why it's so important to do what you can now to give your body a fighting chance. We don't pick our genetics. We do make choices that affect the aging process and contribute to our health. Make healthy eating choices. Move more. Move intentionally. Get enough sleep. Love yourself. Take care of your yourself.
Do a random act of kindness today.
It will make you feel good.