Be the investigator
In one of my past classes, each student was assigned a senior health service to research to report to the class. From that exercise, I learned about so many programs that benefit the elderly that I had never heard of prior to the class. I know it took a significant amount of time for me to thoroughly research my one topic for presentation. Now imagine that you are an elderly person trying to figure out how you are going to live on your own while dealing with your chronic illnesses after your spouse passed away last year. Even if you are the adult son/daughter of this hypothetical person, it is still overwhelming to figure out what resources are available. Take what you will from this anecdote.
I know many cultures place great importance on respecting and taking care of one’s elders. Because of this strong emphasis, people often have preconceived notions of how to accomplish that, which may also lead to ignoring possible solutions that may be more beneficial than the status quo. Yes, love is blind, but preconceived notions blur vision too. As a naive young person, I hope we as the next generation can move beyond what society thinks is true to validate for ourselves what is right.
For ourselves, though, it’s also important to be the investigator especially now when the vast majority of us twentysomethings are physically healthy and mentally able. Let’s savor the moment, grow, and explore the world around us. The world is our oyster!