The idea of
helping people comes naturally to most of us. If we see an unwell, elderly
neighbour slowly getting out from the elevator, we watch to make sure that
he safely gets into the car.
Members of a community is
always helping one another, with particular care for very young and the
Unfortunately, in some of
the populated metropolitan
cities in developing countries there are
many handicapped, neglected senior citizens who have nobody near to
see their need for help and often nobody to give it even when the need is
known. The death of a
one of the most devastating events of an elderly person's life and
often they go through the traumatic event without support of their children.
As children migrate and live in a different
country these elderly people are left to stay alone. These old
parents are proud of their successful children and don't expect anything in
return from them.
Most of these individuals
are wealthy and live in beautiful houses, but isolation and
frail health exposes them to
robbery, assault and even
Any kind of tension at old age
can directly impact the health of a senior citizen. He/she can have serious
cardiac disease like myocardial infarction, cerebral hemorrhage,
hypertension, stress related arthritis, severe migrain, loss of appetite,
depression and suicidal tendencies.
Many old people have lost
their lives due to petty bickering with their neighbours.
It may not occur to many of
us that we are actually in a position to help our old neighbours whenever
I noticed elderly people
with failing eyesight are delighted if a young neighbour comes to read or to
write letters for them. Usually, they are too embarrassed to ask for help to
the new tech savvy generation. A helping hand and friendly face can mean a
great deal to a lonely old man or woman.
Handicapped people may be young or old. People confined to wheelchairs
cannot go out unless somebody takes them. When they appoint someone from
outside to help them, neighbours should be vigilant that they are not
exploited. There should be CCTV camera at
every corner of the house to monitor their movement.
children may love swimming but they need an expert swimmer to go with them.
handicapped people may be unable to go out at all and are only confined to
bed and a cheerful visitor is then more than welcome.
Organizing a party or a
social event for the senior citizens is a wonderful way to give back to the
community in which we are all living like a big family.
Everyday hundreds of blogs
are written about compassion, kindness, peace and lists on how to be
successful, productive and happy.
Charity always begins at
home. Let us all practice in real life, before we preach others.
Can you find time to call
your old parents living alone in a distant land? Did you spend few minutes
of your precious time by the bedside of a sick neighbour and expect nothing
in return? Have you ever taken out an elderly couple or someone in
wheelchair for an expensive dinner? Think about it!
It's very important to know the neighbor next door and
the people down the street and the people in another race. Maya Angelou