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Charity Begins at Home - Did you get time to smile at your neighbour?

Dr  Sampurna Roy  MD

 

 

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 elderly.

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 spouse is 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 murder.

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 possible.

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.

Blind children may love swimming but they need an expert swimmer to go with them.

Some 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

 

 

 

Dr  Sampurna Roy  MD

Consultant  Histopathologist (Kolkata - India)

          

 

 

 

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