Elders, who lay foundations to our present, often face abuse and neglect in society. World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is, therefore, celebrated every year on June 15 to highlight the plight of elders.

According to the United Nations, the number of people aged above 60 is projected to grow by 38%, i.e., from 1 billion to 1.4 billion, between 2019 and 2030 around the globe. This means that more attention needs to be paid to the challenges the older generation is facing, including financial insecurity, access to healthcare services, and abandonment by family members. 

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day, which was officially recognized by the United Nations General Assembly (UNGA ) in 2011, gives people an opportunity to get together and lend their voices against elderly neglect and abuse. The theme for this years’ World Elder Abuse Awareness Day is "Access to Justice."

On this day, here are some quotes about respecting elders. (Courtesy: The Random Vibez)

  • "Treat your parents and elders the way you want to be treated by your children later in life."― Anurag Prakash Ray
  • "Respect your elders. If they don’t respect you, hold your tongue and leave their sight. God sees all and he will see your goodness." ― Anonymous
  • "We respect our elders. There is wisdom that comes from experience, and I am not going to stop learning from wise counsel."― Mary Balogh
  • "Listen to your elder’s advice. Not because they are always right but because they have more experiences of being wrong." ― Melchor Lim
  • "Respect for elders is very important, even in your manner and style of deriving on the streets. If you and an elder meet at a point where both of you have right of pass, let the elder go first." ― Anonymous
  • "If we want to be respected and honored when we’re older, then we must lay the groundwork by respecting and honoring the elders we meet in our lives today. How we treat them today is the way we’ll be treated later.”― Louise Hay
  • "A lot of today’s youth don’t know one of the golden rules of life: respect your elders. I am saddened at how rude and impolite teenagers are these days!" ― Anonymous
  • "There’s a certain tradition to the way that you behave in dance, and certain respect that you give to your elders."― Neve Campbell

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