I was always taught to respect the elders – weren’t you?
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JC: I am determined to continue to expand Love for the Elderly and broaden my horizons. No idea is too big! Some of my future plans include building a library at a local nursing home for the elderly to have a source of joy and entertainment, starting a technology integration program for seniors to learn how to use technology to communicate with loved ones, filing additional forms to become registered with the state of Ohio as a 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization, and sending letters of kindness to nursing homes located in all fifty states. In addition, I am going to be giving a TED talk at TedxCincinatti this July in an attempt to broadcast my core message of the importance of appreciating and respecting the elderly.
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These are just few examples of the Prophet’s (peace and blessings be upon him) gentleness, mercy, and respect towards the elderly. These examples, and many others, translate the sublime Islamic code of ethics for treating the elderly and provide Muslims, generation after generation, with a practical model that they should follow. Such care for the elderly is in line with the Islamic principle of the dignity of the human being and with the spirit of solidarity and mercy that pervades the Muslim society.
Why begin a Conference on the elderly with a paper on `Human dignity and respect for the elderly'? For a variety of reasons there is a widespread questioning in our society of what respect for the elderly requires, and even a questioning of whether certain sections of the elderly population are owed any respect at all. By respect in this context I mean, at a minimum, recognition of basic human rights. In view of this questioning the position of many elderly people in Western societies has become distinctly precarious. There is a need to reflect on this situation, to identify its roots, and to see at least in broad terms what response to it is called for. We normally associate the Christmas story with youthfulness, properly focusing on a young couple and a newborn baby. However, at least four named older people have a prominent role in the Christmas story. The first two were Zacharias and his wife Elizabeth, parents of John who was cousin to Jesus. There were also Simeon and Anna, present at the infant Christ’s dedication. I feel this is significant. In my lifetime I have seen an observable lowering of esteem, honor and respect to the elderly. We’re troubled at how far this will go and what impact it will have on the inevitable future generation of elderly to which we are progressing toward.