Our expert says:
Thanks for this message, Milla. I wish far more people with older relatives in a home or even those living at their own homes, would realize how viciously cruel their neglect can be. I used to find it heart-breaking, visiting an old aunt in a home, how even just the sound of your footsteps in the corridor would switch on bright smiles of hope at each open door, and you knew their faces and hearts fell as one walked past, and you were not the person they were praying to see.
People who literally wouldn't do such a thing to a dog, cat or budgie, apparently feel fine about doing it to an old relaive or friend.
But don\t reuce the joy for your own grandad and maybe a friend of his, by worrying about all the others you can't bring home - that doesn't add to the sum total of joy in the world. Do the best you can where you can, and encourage others to do what they can.
Every Christmas / New Years may be their last ( indeed, i may be the last for any of us ) lets not waste them selfishly. Maybe if people would give up one of the many Parties they go to, which are often empty events anyway, and at least visit one deserving relative - or speak with the management of such a local home and adopt a granny or grandad for the festive season, they'd learn to appreciate and enjoy what they have, all the more.
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