Still on the topic of family and cultural issues, I’m now after your views on the elderly.
At the moment I am researching for a feature article I am writing about how elders are treated around the world.
I’m interested in how elderly people are viewed in society by others, how they are respected and how they are utilised and valued in older age.
I’ve already interviewed an Indian daughter about her relationship with the elders in her family.
She told me that after 10 years of living in Australia, she still can’t believe how youth-obsessed Australia is compared to India and how old people are joked about here compared to the high respect they are given in India.
Don’t get me wrong, the majority of people in Australia will always stand up for an older person on the bus or help them across the road if they’re struggling with heavy bags, but the way she compared it to India was interesting.
I love my grandparents dearly and I’m very close to both my nan and pop on my mum’s side however I feel in general, people here don’t have the same level of respect as in other cultures like Indian and Nepalese.
Rabindra is also very close to his grandparents and misses them dearly. He looked after his grandfather, giving him injections for his diabetes and staying with him in hospital for days on end when his grandfather became sick.
The whole point of the story is not to bag us westerners, but rather open our eyes to the ways other cultures live and see what we can learn from international examples.
Image courtesy of Elderhome
Share your thoughts here on how older people are treated in your culture.
P.S. Keep an eye out for my final story in my articles section.