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What Do You See When You Look At Me?

Picture this: You were once young, full of life, and handsome; you have seen and experienced many things that would blow our minds; you were a nurse or a soldier in the war; you worked to provide for others who couldn’t do it on their own.

But now, the time has passed, and you’re a senior citizen. After serving your family, community, and country for the past 40-some-odd years, you’ve entered retirement with pride and accomplishment.

But things have changed for you as you’ve grown old. The love of your life has passed, and your children are long gone, focused on serving their own families. They’re too busy to visit, so you sit by the window and phone– hoping and waiting for someone to remember you.

It’s a lonely picture to paint.

Think about what you would need in this situation. Is it someone to talk to so you don’t have to feel alone all the time? Maybe it’s help from a kind-hearted neighbor when you can’t quite manage a task yourself. Or perhaps it’s being seen as the person you’ve always been rather than a financial burden to society.

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Today’s senior citizens are among some of the most forgotten members of our society. We see them as old and not helpful. But this is not true! Senior citizens have a lot to offer and are essential to our society.

We remember that our senior citizens today were nurses and war veterans, providing for us in ways we can only imagine and living through hardships we don’t want to think of.

They lived through world wars and survived the great depression, yet came out with a compassionate heart after experiencing so much destruction.

Many older people still contribute to society. They shop, use services, and pay taxes, like younger people. But they also volunteer. This means they help communities for free! Without older volunteers, some organizations would have no one to help them.

We can create a society that celebrates the contributions of the elderly by acknowledging them. We should remind them they are a resource, not a burden.

Let us recognize senior citizens for the brilliant minds and big hearts that carry immeasurable value today, just as much as in their prime.

“In the end, it’s not the years in your life that count. It’s the life in your years.”

Abraham Lincoln.

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