Today, more than three million elderly persons face a life without getting any respect from the society. Why is it so? Why are they regretted? Why are they of no value any more in some parts of the world? This is a burning issue that is spreading throughout the world. The elderly are considered to be a burden in today’s society just because people think that spending money on people who have no assurance of living pressurize the healthcare system and economy of a family or a country or the society.
The productivity of elders is often nil and since their productivity is nil they put great strain on the economy of any society.Their facilities do not work at their optimum. Due to their ill health which accompanies old age, they put a strain on the healthcare system of any society as well. Many a times they require physical assistance to perform some of the most mundane tasks. Thus, we can infer at least from these points that the elderly are certainly a burden to the society.
But, as every coin as two sides, in the same way, this issue has a convincing side of itself. The elderly can serve as guides to the younger generation, as they are a repository of practical experience. Their experience and mastery in various fields helps us to tackle almost every obstacle in our life. They can advise us to choose the right path of our life. They serve as a link to the customs, traditions and values of our ancestors. The elders are also found to be useful in the household chores as well as to society, and thus we can say that the elders are truly a blessing to any society.
Now, the choice of every individual upon which option to support depends on them. Everyone is right in their own way, but it doesn’t mean that the other one is wrong. And so, if the elderly are really a burden to society, is a question whose answer lies uniquely in every individual’s choice as well as opinion.