Dear Editor,An elder is someone with a degree of seniority, and aging is not only a biological process but also a cultural one in many societies. Respecting our elders should be in most cases a courtesy entrenched in every single person. The elders should be treated with respect, dignity and the appreciation that they deserve at all times because most of them have life experiences that we should listen to and learn from. This paper is meant to discuss ways to respect and honour the elders. One way of respecting the elders is having etiquette polite to them. Being respectful to elders is a way of demonstrating respect. Elders should not be addressed by their names unless one is permitted to do so. The titles sir and madam should be used in cases where their names are not well known. Listening carefully while they are speaking is important, and their questions should be answered respectfully whenever asked with a tone that is calm. Another way of respecting elders is by telling them how much you respect and appreciate them.Spending time with elders is also a way of expressing recognition and respect to the elders. Elderly people especially those who have retired and no longer have anything to keep them busy tend to get lonely. However, they are still in need of social interactions that will keep them happy and purpose, since good relationships are key to healthy aging. They should be taken out to dinners and picnics, or to watch their favorite sports being played. They should as well be escorted to the social gathering and religious meetings.Speaking clearly without slang, keeping eye contact and smiling are also key to showing respect to elder people. As much as your age mates and friends understand when you speak in slang, elders might not comprehend what you say. In their presence speak clearly and louder if that will make them understand you better. Keeping eye contacts while speaking will acknowledge their presence and smiling from time to time will make them happier. Shaking their hands when you meet them is a simple gesture that makes them know you respect them. In conclusion, the elders should be shown a lot of respect and appreciation. The simple things like shaking their hands, listening attentively, answering their questions and keeping eye contact while speaking to them will show them how much you respect and admire them. They need good relationships that are key for healthy aging.Suman Gupta,Trikuta Nagar.
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