Yesterday, we learned that the Quebec government would invest $50 million over five years to counter elder abuse.
Whether psychological, physical or otherwise, elder abuse has no place. Following this announcement from the Minister responsible for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, I wondered if I was doing everything in my power to treat the seniors in my life in the best possible way.
I understood that I have scabs to eat. I realize that we have an individual responsibility to contribute to their well-being.
And you, how do you treat the elders around you?
Questions to ask
When I was little, I often went to spend time in a CHSLD in Boucherville. My great-grandmother Madeleine, from whom I take my first name, was there. Even after his death, I often returned there to keep in touch with the other residents. I always came out enriched by these visits.
However, now I don't go there. But I intend to fix that. As a society, we would benefit from giving the greatest importance to our elders.
You who have grandparents, have you called them lately? Have you spent any quality time with them recently?
You who have parents aged 65 and over, do you do everything in your power to ensure a good bond with your parents?
If you have a loved one in a CHSLD, do you visit them regularly?
And you who have free time, have you considered volunteering with seniors?
If the vast majority of Quebecers answer yes to one of these questions, we will know that we are moving in the right direction.
Treating seniors well means first and foremost getting rid of the idea that they are a burden and instead recognizing that they are a gift.