International Older Persons Day is annually celebrated on every 1st of October in the world. People celebrate every year to appreciate older people and senior citizens around the world.
This is the day to remember by raising awareness about issues upsetting the seniors, such as elder abuse and disrespect in society. They are the one who makes our society better by their experience. Every senior citizen should have the chance to fulfill their needs with dignity and equality.
They should have the right to acquire free health services such as free checkups, regardless of age, ability, gender, geographical location, socio-economic status without discrimination of any kind. But many health systems around the world struggle to reply to the complex and diverse health needs of older people. WHO has been playing a significant role in promoting public awareness about International Older Persons Day.
Our senior citizens have enough knowledge, patience, and a life full of experiences behind them. While the young generation is more active physically, energetic, and enthusiastic. Older people often give advice based on their experiences to the young generation for their betterment. They have enough experience and tolerance to handle the situations. They are very important to us. Without older persons in our life, we are nothing.
The wisdom of an experienced elderly person can be a strong guiding force for the untrained, fresh minds. A very good example is Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had wisdom, intellect, and years of experience behind him. He relied strongly on the youth knowing that they will be the driving force with him in pursuit of independence. Our leader Quaid e Azam Muhammad Ali Jinnah sets a great example for the young generation that they can do anything that they want. If you struggle hard you will definitely succeed.
Some key points we should take care of senior citizens are given below:
1: Give respect to them:
They want nothing but respect! Each senior citizen should be given due respect and importance by the youngsters and by the society who in turn can learn and benefit from their experiences, knowledge, and views.
2: Follow Islam teaches:
We must not also forget that Islam teaches us to respect and care for the elderly.
3: Society should come forward:
It is the duty of society to look after senior citizens and their welfare.
4: Give basic facilities:
The Government should provide Senior citizens with basic facilities such as free health care, free transportation, and universal pension.
5: Free education for them:
Free education for those who want to further study.
We should respect them every day– it’s not a one-day job. Senior Citizens are equally useful to society in every way. Old age doesn’t mean that their potential or talent has drifted away. They are very much like their successors and in some cases, better; it is up to society to realize their value. The media and the government should play an important role in educating society in this regard.
Happy INTERNATIONAL OLDER PERSONS DAY!
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