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Who hasn't been told to "respect your elders" at some time in their life? This statement gets thrown around in our youth-focused culture, but shamefully, it is not always put into practice.
Often, respect is confused with value that is based on an assessment of an individual's worth to another person. And human beings, no matter what their age, do like to be valued highly by others. However, true respect of an individual comes from being "accepted" for who they are and is based on what is best for that individual.
When seniors are truly respected, they are typically admired for their experience, wisdom, knowledge, loyalty, resilience and grace. Frailty, wrinkles or disabilities are accepted without judgment while the elders are sincerely recognized for the effort they have put into family, career, and a lifetime of struggles and achievements.
Since it is an intangible, how would you show respect? The few studies that have been done on respecting the elderly have identified between seven and twelve categories for demonstrating respect to seniors. They include:
The three most important categories were found to be linguistic, salutary and presentational. So you can simply demonstrate your respect of the elderly by communicating effectively and kindly.