4 Key Reasons Why It’s Important to Show Respect to the Elderly

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It is important to show respect to the elderly because it increases their independence, they have experience to share, and they are still learning. Also, one day you may find yourself in their shoes!

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The truth is many of the elderly don’t receive the respect they deserve. It is extremely important to show respect to the elderly.

There are several reasons why it is important.

Find out what those reasons are, as well as tips for how to show the elderly respect, in rest of this article.

The Importance Of Showing Respect To The Elderly

All too often we see elderly not getting the respect they rightfully deserve. As they age, they sometimes feel like a nuisance or a hindrance on society and/or their loved ones.

With that said, a few reasons why it’s important to show respect for the elderly include:

Independence

It’s no secret that it is important for elderly people to maintain their independence. By showing them respect, and allowing them to take care of themselves when it is safe to do so, you’ll be allowing them to retain some of their independence.

When a senior citizen is not respected by their loved ones, friends and/or caretakers, then they feel even less independent than they really are.

Experience

It doesn’t matter who the person is, if they are elderly, then they have a wealth of general life experience. They have earned respect due to the fact they have seen many things and have lived through a time when evolution and innovation has happened at a record pace.

All you have to do is speak to an elderly person about their younger years, and you will quickly realize just how much they have lived through.

They’re Still Learning

As we have previously mentioned, the elderly have experienced lots of things and they are still living at a time when innovation is happening. This means they are constantly learning about new technologies, the way things are done, new devices and the list goes on.

It’s important to show the elderly respect because it takes a lot of hard work to learn the things they have to learn, even if those things are very easy for younger people to learn. It is important for the elderly to continue their education and learn new things.

They Were Once Young

Finally, we want to stress that all senior citizens were once young.

Many elderly may have disabilities or not be as fast or sharp as they once were, which is why they deserve to be treated with respect. Remember, one day we will all reach an age where we are considered senior citizens.

Tips To Show The Elderly Respect

There are several ways and examples of how you can show the elderly respect. Here are a few of the top ways:

Tone Of Voice

When speaking to the elderly, always use a respectful tone of voice.

When some people speak to the elderly, they use a tone of voice that comes off as annoyed, agitated or bored. Using a respectful tone of voice goes a long way when it comes to making the elderly feel respected.

You’ll always want to be polite, even if you feel like your elderly loved one isn’t.

Spend Quality Time With Them

Another good way to show the elderly respect is by spending quality time with them.

The elderly love talking, so when you do spend time with them, take the time to actually listen to what they have to say and engage with them. You can spend time with them in other ways, such as playing games, watching a movie/TV shows together or going out to eat.

You might be surprised at how much your elderly loved one will feel respected if you spent a little bit of time with them.

Ask Them For Advice

Even if you already have an idea of what you will do, ask your elderly loved one for advice.

Be it work advice, health advice or anything else, your loved one will enjoy being able to give their input. Asking for advice shows you value what the other person says, which is why the elderly feel well-respected when they’re asked for advice.

Final Thoughts

Those are the top reasons why it is important to show respect to the elderly. If you have elderly neighbors, co-workers, people you take care of or loved ones in your life, then always do your best to treat them with respect at all times.

Showing the elderly respect goes a very long way when it comes to the overall well-being of the elderly.

Certified Senior Advisor (CSA)®
Assistive Technology Professional

Scott Grant has spent more than 20 years serving seniors and the elderly in the home medical equipment industry. He has worked as a manufacturer's rep for the top medical equipment companies and a custom wheelchair specialist at a durable medical equipment (DME) provider in WV. He is father to 4 beautiful daughters and has three terrific grandkids. When not promoting better living for older adults, he enjoys outdoor activities including hiking and kayaking and early morning runs.

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