We were taught by our elders & family members to Respect our Elders, Now Medical Science also Proves & Endorses it

By Showing Respect not only our Seniors Live Longer, they are Happy & have less health Problem. It also increases their age by over 7.5 years.

With WHO Scientific Research we have new light in to this Subject By 2030 Globally we will have over 2 Billion Humans Age 60 plus In a 2016 World Health Organization survey across 57 countries, over 60 % of respondents reported that older people are not respected.

A more recent Study by the Royal Society for Public Health in the UK gauged the feelings of 2,000 British citizens and found some other bleak trends. Almost half — 47% — believed that people over 65 struggled to learn new skills.

A quarter of 18- to 24-year-olds and 15% of the total respondents agreed that “it is normal to be unhappy and depressed when you are old.”

Becca Levy, professor of public health and psychology at Yale School of Public Health, believes that negative attitudes are due to “the growing medicalization of older adults” and “the growing anti-aging industry that promotes and actually profits from a fear of aging.”

But in the UK alone, older people made net contributions to the economy of nearly 40 billion pounds (US $52.64 billion) during 2011

Negative stereotypes can be dangerous to older people in a number of ways, including shortening their lives.

Levy analyzed interviews with 660 people from Oxford, Ohio, that were conducted over more than two decades and matched these with mortality information. Her team found that those with a positive attitude toward aging lived over 7.5 years longer than those who viewed it as something bad.

We were very surprised at this difference,” said Levy, who believes that people with positive mindsets were able to live longer because positive attitudes can influence psychological, behavioral and physiological mechanisms in the body.

Positive thinking can better behavior by leading people to engage in healthier lifestyles such as exercise.

A person’s positivity can also Improve their Psychology making them better at coping with stress — a contributor to memory loss and Brain Shrinkage

According to one of Levy’s Research in Ireland over the span of 30 years, mental conditions such as depression and anxiety were more common among people with negative ideas about aging.

Where are people most negative?

“High income countries are the highly industrialized countries and industrialization tends to devalue older people,” explained Erdman Palmore, professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences at Duke University, in an email, adding that traditional rural societies tend to have higher respect because older people can keep working longer and are more valuable to the economy.

Retirement policies make older people seem less valuable to society and a country’s economy, he said.

Japan, South Korea and Argentina are the three lowest-ranking countries when it comes to respect for the elderly, according to WHO carried out between 2010 and 2014, despite their large elderly populations. These respect estimates — recorded in 2014 — paint a changing picture of perceptions.

In Japan, for example, middle-age men, who were traditionally valued, are now seen as having lost their honor and value in society. The UK report found that most beliefs around age are formed by the age of 6. “Once prejudice has been learned it is often very hard to unlearn,” the report’s lead author, Toby Green, wrote in an email.

“For many people the stereotypes they absorb then persist into later life — at which point they begin to apply them to themselves. This means that negative age stereotypes are embedded among groups of all ages,” he said.

Uzbekistan is the Number one Country when it Comes to Respect for Elders, Over 80% do so in that Country. this is followed by Georgia, Qatar and so on. Pakistan is at Number 10 the only country from Asia to be in top 10 with over 60% Pakistani showing Respect for Elders

USA is at 20% in bottom 10, followed by Germany, Sweden etc. The Lowest 2 are South Korea & Japan

Where did the stereotypes come from?

Rewinding the clock 200 years, researchers found a shift in attitudes toward the elderly in 1880. When Industrial Revolution Began From the midst of industrialization — people started seeing aging as something bad. The researchers suggest the rising number of people over the age of 65 was associated with the increase in negative beliefs around age.

Still, there remain many countries where the elderly are viewed as a valuable part of the population and deserving of respect.

The need for integration

In 2016, WHO acknowledged the need for ageism to be globally addressed and highlighted that ageism is most likely more widespread than sexism and racism. Green believes that one of the solutions to reducing ageism is integrating generations.

His report for the Royal Society of Public health found that 64% of Brits didn’t have a friend who is at least 30 years older than they are. Integration is “really important — there’s so much evidence on the health and wellbeing benefits of this,” he said.

Starting with young children and encouraging workplace diversity to tackle ageism are other strategies Green recommends. “Making this progress in workplace settings would do a great deal of good for wider cultural change.

Respect your Parents and Grandparents for their good health & Long Life and you will get Blessings in Return.

Dr. Pargat Singh Bhurji
MD,FRCP ( C ) Consultant Pediatrician Surrery BC