The Rigid Old Age Life
It is a common knowledge that among persons of both sexes the mind becomes rigid and inert as age advances. This kind of feeling differs from person to person depending upon their position and the circumstances they find themselves in. However, as old age advances, depression ensues and the zest for life gradually wanes. This is also due to the changing environment that becomes a bit unfriendly towards the aged. Thus the aged mind for want of warmth and support from the kith and kin loses its strength to hang on to life as before, this has been the general experience of most of the aged people.
As old people are subject to various physical ailments they need constant care and vigilance from the people chlose to them. If the aged are left to their own resources and left to fend for themselves, old age becomes a curse. The aged people are bound to entertain the feeling that they are more of a burden to others and may even try to withdraw themselves from the people around them. They may even feel guilty and exclaim:
"My days are in the yellow leaf.
The flowers and the fruits of love are gone,
the worn, the canker and the grief are mine" - Byron.
The growing feeling of wretchedness and helplessness is so overwhelming that it often paralyses the mind of the aged. It is up to the care takers and to those who can understand the plight of the old to nurse kindly feelings towards them and nurse them back to a healthy state of mind filling the old with feelings of hope and confidence.
There are a few old men who are more fortunate than the large majority. They enjoy the love and esteem of their beloved ones by virtue of the position they hold in their life. In some cases it is their wealth that fetches them the much needed respect and consideration from others. But even such fortunate ones may be forced to face a bleak future. The feeling that they are being slighted by others does not escape their notice as the aged are always acutely conscious of the treatment they receive from those with whom they live. So it is the bounden duty of the care takers and guardians of the old to treat them with utmost kindness and understanding and make their life bearable.
Some aged people are easily irritated, they lack patience. Their ill temper often lands them in trouble. They entertain unfounded doubts and suspicious about the people who mean something to them. The old should allow the younger people to lead their own life. The least they interfere in the lives of the young, the better it is for them. They must live like father figures offering advice only when it is sought. They should show to others, by their own example, how useful they can be to society even at an advanced age. They should never allow time to take the better of them.They should feel that their work is not complete and they are even ready to do their bit for the betterment of their fellowmen. By keeping themselves active and in participating in meaningful activities at an advanced age will always help them retain both their physical and mental health.
Even familial diseases like asthma, diabetes and chronic alimentary disorders are controlled by latest health advice; they are no impediments to prolong life in old age. Addiction to tobacco and alcohol should be given up. With proper medical aid and a disciplined life, old people could live longer without being a burden to others. That is why it is said medially that,
"A proper diet, adequate rest, timely sleep, sensible physical activity, and right attitude for gentle work or exercise add to fitness in old age"
Remember, an untroubled and undisturbed mind is the prerequisite for leading a long and contended life.
"Content in wealth; the riches of mind,
And happy he who can that treasure find". Dryden.
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