One of the most valued citizen in the Philippines are the senior citizens, abuse and maltreatment of elder people is a big issue in the country, but it seems like the values for elderly people in the Philippines today is quite noticeable.
As observed, family members are also the reason of cruelty to elderly people as compared to those who are no relation to them. In result to this, elderly people are thrown to aged-institutions, which is, considered as the worst nightmare for an old people in the Philippines. (even for me)
When you visit an aged institution in the Philippines, you will surely hear a lot of stories from the elderlies.
Mostly their stories are about their youth, their life when they were growing, but most of all, you will surely hear stories about their family, on how they loved them, they took care of them, their sacrifices, and for some, how everything they did for their family was neglected, how their family cause them emotional and physical wound and being dumped to an institution that is isn’t to be.
Good thing that aged institutions in the Philippine still have their values for senior citizens. They take care of them like they are a part of their family despite of lacking in finance for the facilities, operation, healthcare and food support for the old people even until they die inside of the institution up to their funeral.
Although, in general, Filipino values for elderly people and to their parents are still alive, yet, it is still important that senior citizens must be loved in every remaining days they spend of their loves. Elderly people must be cherished for they are the reason for a community and the security of the present generation. Lastly, aged institutions must be supported financially so that they will be able to support more the elderly people whom they also considered as a part of their family.
This clipping is from a TV documentary:
This post reminds me of my grandparents, my parents and makes me think of my future children and for myself.
Hope you are moved.
Credits: GMA News TV Channel 11. ReelTime presents: Dapithapon.