Ever since I returned to my homeland for CNY celebration, I realised something that concerned me so much, thus making me worried for the worst to come.
It is about one of the ladies I love the most in my entire life, she's my grandmother, the mother of my mother. I started to get worried as she's getting more forgetful and losing her memories slowly. She doesn't remember what she has done even though it happened just a while ago.
Sometimes we have to face the truth that the elders's abilities are getting deteriorated when the youngsters have become grown up. Remember this when you're treating the elders:
Be patient with them whenever they get clumsy and careless. They were patient with us when we were clumsy and careless kids before.
Speak politely with them like how they spoke to us when we were kids before. It's not their willingness to forget things and therefore don't push all the blames on the elders.
Appreciate and love them more as time never waits for regrets and second chance. Every day is a blessing for the elders and we should feel happy for them.
Spend as much time you can with them, because they need listeners, not just a TV set to fill up their daily routine. The elders are humans too, so they need communications and interactions with the family and anyone to keep their mind alive and fresh.
It's inevitable that my grandma is going through the early stage of Alzheimer's disease. This truth pains my heart deeply as I'm so fearful that she might not recognize my face sometimes in future.
What I can do the best is to spend more time with her chatting and loving her more.
How about you? Do you ever pay attention to your elders? Do not wait for the moments of regretting.