SUPPORT, CARE AND
FOOD ARE THY RIGHTS
“The forgotten men and women of our country will be forgotten no longer,” he told the crowd as a light drizzle settled over Washington. “And I will fight for you with every breath in my body, and I will never, ever let you down.” – President Donald J. Trump
In Leviticus 19:32, the Bible says, “Stand up in the presence of the elderly, and show respect for the aged. Fear your God. I am the LORD.”
President Trump made one promise he has quickly forgotten … Now your mom, Dad, grandparents and great-grandparents are about to die of broken hearts having to feel the pain of a lying tongue.
It is said the blessings of a nation of people and the prosperity of its future depends on how well we treat our elderly residents.
It bothers me that animals and livestock appear to get more respect and attention than our beautiful older population in this country.
If you are fortunate to live long enough, you may experience a decline in mobility or health that can strip away our independence and diminish the quality of our lives.
Great advances in medicine have extended our average life expectancy to a record high of 78.7 years.
Living longer means more years spent in the struggles that accompany old age. Add to that the increase in geographic mobility of our families and the result is millions of seniors left behind, hungry and alone.
That is why cutting any funding of Meals on Wheels is totally unacceptable.
Rep. Keith Ellison, D- Minn., tweeted that Trump had called for the “elimination” of Meals on Wheels, and the Congressional Progressive Caucus quickly dubbed it the “Starvation Budget.”
Trump’s promises to aid low-income city residents are as hollow as his promises to aid rural America. He is launching a war on the elderly and people in poverty.
Trump talks like Robin Hood but his actual policies mostly benefit the modern day Sheriffs of Nottingham – the billionaires
Meals on Wheels services are a major food line that helps balances the daily nutritional needs of the elderly and provides vital follow up care for those often isolated and neglected in our society. The program serves millions of seniors directly using a nationwide network of 5,000 local community-run programs.
Meals on Wheels has been guided by a single goal since the first known U.S. delivery by a small group of Philadelphia citizens in 1954 – to support our senior neighbors to extend their independence and health as they age. What started as a compassionate idea has grown into one of the largest and most effective social movements in America, currently helping nearly 2.4 million seniors annually in virtually every community in the country.
Now under threat of severe cuts that could stop programs cold or shut others down completely, it demonstrates how little President Trump and Americans in general value these wonderful “living libraries” we call our moms, dads, grandparents and great-grandparents.
Ancient Ethnic Groups Can Teach Us Something
Many other ethnic groups understand and still practice the value of caring for the elderly.
Native American elders pass down their knowledge.
There are over 500 Native American nations, and each has its own traditions and attitudes toward aging and elderly care. But in many tribal communities, elders are respected for their wisdom and life experiences. Within Native American families, it’s common for the elders to be expected to pass down their learnings to younger members of the family, according to the University of Missouri, Kansas City.
In Korea, elders are highly respected.
Korean regard for aging is rooted in Confucianism, which contains the fundamental value that instructs one must respect one’s parents. Younger members of the family have a duty to care for the aging members of the family. And even outside the family unit, Koreans are socialized to respect and show deference to older individuals as well as authority figures.
In India, elders are the head of the family.
Many Indians live in joint family units, with the elders acting as the head of the household.
The elders are supported by the younger members of the family and they in turn play a key role in raising their grandchildren and have a key voice in family matters.
We Must Learn to Honor the Elderly Daily.
We do this by remembering their examples and value to societal development and in turn respecting and fighting for our elderly residents.
In I Timothy 5:1-3, The Apostle Paul said, “ Never speak harshly to an older man, but appeal to him respectfully as you would to your own father. Talk to younger men as you would to your own brothers. Treat older women as you would your mother, and treat younger women with all purity as you would your own sisters. Take care of any widow who has no one else to care for her.”
Ways to Respect The Elderly
Give elderly people your time and assistance. Visit them in nursing homes.
Listen to them. Listen to stories, wisdom and experiences about their life.
Use proper manners when speaking to them.
Don’t talk to them how you would talk with your regular friends
Be patient with them and be a true friend.
“So to all Americans, in every city near and far, small and large, from mountain to mountain, and from ocean to ocean, hear these words: …This American carnage stops right here and stops right now…You will never be ignored again.”
Shame on you President Trump for your attacks against the Elderly – The real Americans who made America Great!
Tell the President that we should always respect our elders, even if it’s not your parents.
One day we will all grow up and will have the same opportunity to be respected by younger people just like them