So that no one is left abandoned or forsaken.
How not to be deeply moved when I see an elderly person struggling to find his way in this world that has so much trouble to keep people safe and well treated.
How not to feel the tears of rage and deep tenderness, when these people speak up about the giant works they have accomplished. They almost never gave up, each day being such a challenging fight they had to win to ensure the peace and well-being of their loved ones.
Today we define rare diseases as “orphan diseases”. In other words people with diseases considered rare but for which medical and scientific research does not devote any budget considering the limited number of patients, thus the limited expected profits from creating a new treatment.
Just like those cases left on the back benches of our humanity along with other “collateral causes” there are also – not really a top secret thing – the causes that I like to call “Orphan Causes”
Let’s talk a bit about the cause of seniors, those people who have worked for so many years, looking after their family, their children, their home, their daily meal preparation. Have we ever wondered how dull was it for a mom to get these thousand of meals, sometimes feeling hurt by their loved ones comments, “too hot, too salty, too dull “ Yes of course we smile many years later when we remember when we used to avoid a certain meal, but how about all that time mom did spend preparing it ?
Family members take for granted a well-ordered, clean house, a tasty meal that simmers in a saucepan when one comes home from work or school
It is assumed that all this is given to us in the most natural manner. But aren’t we forgetting behind these stories there are people. What about the time when senior dad or mom gets tired , age or is no longer fully efficient “like before”.?
When these forgotten people become an orphan cause that we ought to live with, then I assume we have a serious problem.
Let us not let them become some kind of “embarrassing or too much greedy for attention”. As parents and friends get involved, we begin to “suggest” a center for the elderly. I have nothing against this fact, but if life is a cycle that continues is it not more humane to discuss and know how to deal with it especially with them, I mean our seniors? Don’t they have a say on the matter of their own life. I guess that’s the whole point of the problem.
Each person is a unique story, a unique life, each child lives or will have lived unusual events, the idea is not at all getting rid of someone, rather to provide some human dignity at the end of life, don’t we agree right?
Often I observe people, their gestures, their physique.
Have you ever noticed if they could speak up how many stories these elders hands could tell us? These hands all wrinkled but how beautiful by its elegance and finesse beyond the years of hard work, such shriveled hands, deserve a better fate than being parked into some kind of place. I was looking at a couple of seniors today at the medical clinic, the man was wearing the same ring on his right hand, after noticing he looks at me his face quietly showing a smile of whom knows the meaning. We did connect through a ring of the same kind. Both seniors we understood each other.
This man made me think of what could have been his life, hands that survived winds and swamps, basically it’s all that remains: Dignity and self-respect so hardly earned !
What to say about these parents that “we forget in their home” we go to see them when we have time, or when the game of football or hockey does not fall during this day or this evening, so easy to postpone a visit to mom and dad, or our grandparents.
In the jungle of smart devices culture (Smartphones, tablets, components, maybe soon smart companions, smart kids and smart planet), we use such devices for almost everything except communicating with each other. What about after reading this paper giving a call to grandad or grandma, eventuelly mom or dad ?
So what do we do ? Will we let these orphan causes interfere with our social model? I pray life that you would answer yourselves something other than a simple polite silence by way of a response ! If that helps I could dial your folks phone number for you!