11 YEARS OLD
Little Morawo definitely learnt a lot in the process of entering this competition. During her interview she showed exceptional passion for the importance of caring for the elderly. She said the main message for the youth is “it is important to respect the elderly so they will be happy in their old age”. Morawo told us about her “adopted Seenager” her grandmother Mrs. Nusiratu Ikolaba. Morawo’s art entry provided a very useful criteria for picking her as the 3rd runner up of the Art competition in the primary level. She won a cash prize of N25,000
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NUGGETS OF WISDOM.
Being old is a blessing and not a curse, because we will all someday grow old except if death come knocking early. The word “Seenager” is coined from the word “Teenager” which is used to describe an elderly person that is older than sixty years old, they are referred to as older Teenager. In this article, I will be examining the life of a particular Seenager.
The Seenager I am adopting is my grandmother Mrs. Nusiratu Ikolaba, she’s an 81 years old widow, a native of Oyo state and a devoted Christian; a go-to woman who is often regarded to as mother of all. She had a vibrant youthful life as a businesswoman having five children to cater for. Presently, she has retired from active service due to old age, as a result, she relies on her children to cater for her needs. She once told me that back in the days, she made all possible efforts to train her children in the right way so that when she is old, they would be capable of taking care of her needs and that of their immediate family members.
It’s always a period of immense joy when we have topics to talk about; as such, the issue of elder abuse came up. With a big sigh, she said it is indeed a broad topic because it defers from place to place, person to person and time to time. In other words, elder abuse is peculiar to various individuals, but the overall knowledge is when an elderly person is exploited emotionally, physical, sexually, or financially. Anything that causes undue hardship or neglect of the welfare of an elderly person is termed “elder abuse”. According to my grandmother, she feels an elder is been abused when their rights are infringed and when they are not allowed to go where they desire to. My grandmother said every good or bad behavior begins in a home so, parents should endeavor to train their children in the right way to avoid negative consequences in the young and nearest future.
Furthermore, she also pointed that elder abuse can be prevented in the family and community by taking care of the welfare of the aged in our individual families and society at large. Younger family members should pay regular visit to their old parents with their children to make it a memory time for the seenagers. She also said that social welfare programs and insurance packages should be encouraged and utilized by other family members whereby, funds are saved for future use of the seenager in question. They should also benefit from the government health plans which is to cater for their health need due to old age. The aged should be celebrated on social occasion such as, wedding anniversaries, birthdays to mention a few this is to keep them happy and prevent them from suffering from terminal diseases such as hypertension and neglect induced sicknesses.
The thought of COVID-19 has become a “new normal” to the old and young of this world; believe me we had a worthwhile period as she had a lot to say. The emergence of Civid-19 was a shock beyond man’s comprehension. A global pandemic that has rendered all global activities to a halt. She said it is indeed alarming compared to some other previous epidemics she has heard of since her existence and how it is really eating deep to the fiber and economy of countries and communities. For every cause, there are always effects I have learnt and so, she made mention of how this pandemic has affected her and these are not limited to; restriction of her movement as she is unable to visit some of her friends and they too could not come visiting due to restriction of movement. Physical church activities are not allowed to hold as well because a ban has been placed on religious gathering due to the number of people that congregate as against the minimum number of people that are allowed to gather to curb the spread of the virus. There is no easy access to medical facilities as people are advised not to pay unnecessary visit to hospitals been an environment that is prone to have high risk of contact. Her love for fresh fruits and vegetables cannot be over emphasized, however, shortage of these commodities made her miss her daily edibles.
Inconclusion, for every effect or events, she said we had means of managing such occurrence, she suggested ways of how to prevent any adverse impact of Covid-19 on an aged person which are not limited to, practice self-hygiene always, avoid rowdy environment and gathering, people should take more natural supplements such as ginger, garlic, turmeric and other supplements to boost their immune system; she also suggested putting Christmas melon popularly called ‘’Tangiri’’ in Yoruba at strategic corners of our homes to get rid of viral diseases. To cap it, she advised that we all cooperate with the government and relevant authorities in order to get rid of the Virus soon.