— What can we do if old people live alone? This question was asked in an MSN group several days ago. And I gave some suggestions at that time. Now I post them below.
Honestly, I don’t approve of old people’s living alone in China. Even, you know, it’s dangerous and will do harm to old people’s living condition and lives.
Yesterday, I read a piece of news on the Internet. It said that a body of an old man who lived alone was discovered after several days he had been dead. Incredible!
If old people have to live alone, I think there are many measures that should be taken, not only by their children and family, but also by the society and the authorities.
We should take care of old people if they live alone. We must make sure that their living condition is fine and their have enough money to go on with their lives. They shouldn’t be hungry or thirsty. And children should keep in touch with them as often as they can. The family should know the old people’s present situation. In case old people are ill, we must take them to see a doctor immediately.
Meanwhile, we should visit their houses at times. We can spend the weekend with them. We must let them know that we still love them and we are still concerning about them. We must let them know that they are not lonely.
Law and legislation are needed to protect the old people’s rights and insure their required living condition. Any conduct which trespasses on old people’s rights will be punished.
The government should build some departments to deal with everything of old people’s living. If old people choose to live alone, some organs or organizations should take care of them if necessary. A well-run social security system is needed. If old people live far away from their children or their children don’t attend them at all, there must be some people and organizations that take care of old people well.
The community and the society are responsible to care about old people. They can do and should do many things to improve old people’s life.
In a word, we should improve old people’s life by taking as many steps as we can take. We can’t leave them alone. They need us. We need them, too. The old people shouldn’t be separated from our society. They need to enjoy their well-being life.