Many of us have crossed the hurdle where we are now referred to as “senior.” Thus, we have lived long enough so that we are able to embark on the journey referred to as the “golden years.” That term connotes that we will enjoy a life of leisure and pleasure which we have worked long and hard for. A bit of reflection perhaps will open our minds to what lays ahead and why the future may be not quite as smooth as we had expected. We have heard that being healthy will allow us to enjoy the many activities during retirement of which we have dreamed. However, pause for a moment and ponder as to how much health care spending goes to the elderly. I could list incessantly some of the problems that we may face – prostate, gynecologic, visual, musculoskeletal, mental health, gastro intestinal, and there are many more. Perhaps we may be fortunate and not develop the myriad of conditions which may afflict many senior citizens. Allow me to spend a few moments describing how and what I learned about the seniors in my life and practice.
Compassion is a word for a very positive emotion that has to do with being thoughtful and decent. When you have compassion, you’re putting yourself in someone else’s shoes and really feeling for them. When you feel compassion for someone, you really want to help them. Giving to a charity takes compassion. Volunteering to work with sick people or animals takes compassion. Anytime a disaster like a hurricane or earthquake hits, others will feel compassion for the victims.