How to Treat The Elderly The Way They Want to be Treated
"are, and I am struggling for words, in a class of their own. They have their own thinking, lifestyles, routines and opinions.
My grandparents were elderly. Eventually my own parents grew to be elderly. This was tough to watch.
I found out something last month that left me dumbfounded. There are actually people (with rational minds) in our country who still do not know how to really treat elderly people.
What I have compiled (below), is a list of things to do and don't do around elderly people and just really a written pocket manual on . . ."How to Treat Elderly People The Way They Want to be Treated," so when you encounter and elderly person, you will know exactly what and what not to do.
Words not to say around the elderly
- Kick the bucket - not to be used in any conversation.
- Bad ticker - you might mean a broken watch, but the elderly will think "bad heart."
- Doctor - any mention of a doctor will scare the elderly
- Gone to Heaven - if you got to share the sad story how "Ed," your pet fish passed away, say that he is in "that big fishbowl in the sky."
- Choke - even if you mean a pro baseball pitcher who blew a no-hitter.
- Croak - even if you are complimenting the bullfrog you saw last night when you went fishing with a buddy.
Words and phrases you "can" use around the elderly
- Nap time
- Long life
- Take it easy
- It's not your birthday
- Elderly? Who's elderly?
Things not to do around the elderly
- Jump into the room and yell, "Surprise!" - at a certain age, the elderly lose their sense of humor and focus on just surviving.
- Throw cold water on them for a Christmas prank - similar to above reason, but this reason is that cold water, even in a warm room, may cause the elderly person to have a chill and have to be rushed to the emergency room.
- Show the elderly man a centerfold in the current Playboy magazine - no explanation needed.
- Talk too loud to them - this will also scare them into deep shock, so be careful when talking to the elderly.
- Grab them out of their easy chairs - and make them dance with them. In their yesteryears, they loved dancing, but in their advanced years, they only care about their bones not breaking.
Things you "can" do around the elderly
- Talk quietly even if the elderly are awake.
- Do not move suddenly for the elderly scare easily.
- Laugh softly. The elderly hate loud, boisterous horse-laughing.
- Showing them peaceful photos of family, meadows, sunsets and picnics.
and my last one is my favorite . . .
Hold their hands while softly kissing them on the cheek and whisper, "I love you."
Note: I am now 60 years of age. If you do not mind, I am going to keep this story all for myself so I can let my grandkids read and memorize it.