Senior citizens are treasure troves of knowledge

  • Letters
  • Friday, 19 Jan 2018

IF I may add a few words to the letter “No golden treatment for elders” (The Star, Jan 17), it is so sad that senior citizens are getting such treatment. What does this say of us as a society?

Please don’t trouble the elderly but help and assist them instead. Protect them and give them affection and love.

Here’s a piece of advice to our younger generation. Learn from your elders and network with them whenever possible. There is much to gain in seeking the company of elders.

Senior citizens have experience, knowledge and skills and are wise to the ways of life. They can share their knowledge with the young. They can guide and assist in times of trouble or uncertainty. They can also advise on what can and should be done to solve everyday problems.

Seek their assistance. I used to when I was a teenager and sometimes even now as a senior citizen myself. I learnt from them the values of kindness, sincerity, honesty and being true in life. These are values I continue to cherish and live by until now. They also taught me how to interact with families, friends and neighbours and I believe I was spared a lot of bad experiences because I sought their good company in my early years. And mind you, today the values they imparted in me are the guidelines of my life.

Today is a world of learning and relearning, and young people can certainly learn from senior citizens.



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