Old Folks

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One argument in favour of children caring for their elderly parents is that they looked after you and cared for you when you were little and helpless, and now that they are old and helpless or just generally finding it difficult to get around, you should be caring for them.

As children, we are definitely responsible for the care of our elderly parents. Children have a moral obligation to make sure their parents are well taken care of. Didn't they do that for us? Our parents clothed, fed and made sure we did not have to go through the trials and tribulations they went through during their youth. Now is the time to repay all that parents have done for their children. Parents make enormous sacrifices for the well being of the babies brought into the world.This is something that really is not up for discussion. It is the right thing to do because once we are in that position we would like the our children to take care of us. Parents need to be reassured that when and if illness ever occurs, they are not alone to fend for themselves.No parent wants to be a burden on their children, but knowing that they do not have to fight any obstacle alone helps a great deal. In conclusion, we all have to be able to look in the mirror, have no regrets and know you have done everything humanly possible to make sure your parents are well taken care of. It is not only right, it is just. To see the decision to take care of your elderly parents as an option and not an obligation is indicative of the greater societal shift which seeks to be relieved of responsibilities. If your parents didn't leave your care to others then I believe one should attempt to return the kindness you were given.

A hundred years ago it was a commonly accepted "truth" that parents brought children into the world, raised, helped, and cared for them until they were old enough to care for themselves. When the parents were unable to take care of themselves any more, it became the responsibility of the children...
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