By: . Jan 2021
A recent article in the Economic Times has pointed out how our elderly population fears the social distancing advocated recently to contain the spread of Coronavirus. Their biggest fear is isolation and lack of communication. But, to my mind, even more, important to them is the loss of connection with their loved ones and the inability to be productive or to contribute to society. Add to this the lack of avenues of social interaction with friends or cohorts suddenly, and possible ostracism or insignificance in the face of the gathering epidemic, and the dangers of depression, anxiety, and other mental conditions become real.
How to address this? These are my suggestions to ensure that our parents continue to feel loved and appreciated for what they alone can offer even in this time of contact precautions and isolation from the Contagion:
There is so much one can do with one’s parents. The most important thing is to be grateful to them and let them know this. To love them and show this with one’s words and actions. To treat them as the most valued treasures of one’s life and they will reciprocate a thousand times over in ways seen or unseen, measured, or immeasurable. In the end, remember, they are the greatest blessing that you can have.
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