照顾老人 Taking Good Care of Senior Citizens
It is estimated that by the year 2015,Chinawill have150 million elderly. We should take an active attitude toward old people. Theyshould not be regarded as burdens but part of the wealth of society. Havinggone through all sorts of trials and tribulations in life, the elderly knowbetter than the younger generation about the meaning of happiness and grief.Having stood up to the tests of life for many years, they have accumulatedknowledge, wisdom and practical experience, which are indispensable to socialdevelopment and human civilization. Respecting the old and caring for theyoung has been part of our fine tradition and valuable heritage.
When people become old, they tend to easily get upset,frustrated, and are afraid of being loneliness. They, therefore, expect morespiritual comfort and emotional interaction from their children and friends.The younger generation should take more time to talk with them. Meanwhile, abetter social environment should be created, one in which old people will befeeling life is beautiful and worth living.
Personally, I would like to make the followingproposals: Teams of young volunteers should be set up to help these pensioners.They can spare some time to have a heart-to-heart communication with them,hoping to find what they are thinking in their inner world and offer some helpto them. Classes for retirees should be organized, where old men and women canstudy calligraphy, painting, health care, singing and dancing and have sportssuitable to them. Some special clubs should also be established, which oldpeople can talk to each other so as to ward off loneliness and lose.