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One day it will be you!

Saturday, November 16, 2019

This link is to the original 1079 Life radio station post on Facebook.

1079 Life is with Denise A. Plouffe.
October 8, 2019 ·
“Twice this week, I have watched an elderly individual, fade into the busy life in which we all live. One man just needed Panadol for his wife but the shop assistant simply said it’s in aisle ‘6’. But he struggled to navigate the supermarket and as I watched him go in the wrong direction, I left all my groceries and took him where he needed to go.”

“Today, I watched an elderly man struggle in the heat, who had obviously had a fall with a huge scrape and blood on his leg. He walked past people in the cafe, while he slowly made his way to his car. Not one person stopped. Or looked. Or acknowledged him. I took him to his car and checked he was ok. He told me he had a fall and wasn’t sure how the air con worked in his car so he just didn’t use it. I sat with him, until his air con kicked in and heard him talk about the old frail body that he is in, that fails him now, every single day.”

“When you see an elderly person walking down the street, searching in the supermarket or struggling to their car, take a minute out of your busy schedule and ask them if they need a hand. Think about your grandparents and your parents and how upset you would be if someone didn’t stop to help them. But more, think of them as you.”

“Once upon a time they were you. They were busy, they had work, they had children, and they were able. Today, they are just in an older body that is not going as fast as it used to and this busy life is confusing. They deserve our utmost respect and consideration. One day it will be you, it will be us. I wish more people cared more about them and acknowledged them for their admirable existence and jeez I hope someday, not that far away, someone does it for me.”
~ Adele Barbaro- The Real Mumma.
#understanding #patience #compassion
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Quite frankly, I wept when I read this. Aging can be so unfair and bewildering. As a caregiver to family members and now experiencing it myself, I can really relate. Things that were easy become difficult. Actions we used to take for granted can become impossible. Many times we do not ask for help. We don't want to bother others. Acts of kindess mean everything. Be aware, be alert, be kind. One day it will be you.

And on the other side of the coin, that's why it's so important to do what you can now to give your body a fighting chance. We don't pick our genetics. We do make choices that affect the aging process and contribute to our health. Make healthy eating choices. Move more. Move intentionally. Get enough sleep. Love yourself. Take care of your yourself.

Do a random act of kindness today.
It will make you feel good.
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    The deep gratitude that the elderly express when you do stop to help them is so uplifting. In my lifetime, I have watched people lose respect for their elders. It is such a shame because they are denying themselves a beautiful gift. We all need to learn how people cope with issues we will one day face.

    269 days ago
    hank you for the reminder, just be kind people it's really not that hard.
    269 days ago
    What a lovely thought provoking blog. Becoming an older person makes me fathom how mean it was of me to be impatient wirh he older persons. Now am so grateful for the least help.
    269 days ago
    Beautiful blog! emoticon
    269 days ago
    My heart goes out to the elderly---How hard would it have been to help that person rather than "send him off to aisle 6! … Very touching, and something we all need to be sensitive to. Thanks for sharing.
    (Not long ago someone said to me, "It seems when you get older --or are considered 'old' by some, it's like you are invisible and no one sees you. I have experienced this.
    270 days ago
    This was a very heartfelt message today... emoticon emoticon
    270 days ago
    Thank you for caring and for reminding us to offer our help to others.
    270 days ago
  • KITT52
    I've seen it first hand too..
    You are a kind caring person.
    God bless you
    270 days ago
    Made me cry. emoticon
    270 days ago
    Lovely message!!
    270 days ago
    Lovely. And sad that not everyone will have a "someday it will be you." Disease, car accident, murder, etc. Not everyone is lucky enough to live a long life. Thanks for posting this. I try to help out when I see a need. One little lady was struggling to put her groceries in her trunk, and as I helped, she just couldn't believe that someone would do that. It should be a world where kindness is not unusual.
    270 days ago
    Made me cry, too. So many times in this world the elderly become invisible. But they are someone's Mom, Dad, Grandpa, Grandma, Aunt, Uncle. Brother, Sister, Friend. This is a great reminder and I so thank you for it.

    270 days ago
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