Every single person on this earth, from the very young to the very old, deserves to be treated with dignity.
If you don’t believe me, the next time you go shopping or to a restaurant, pay attention to how clerks and servers talk to toddlers.
Throughout your adolescence, parents listened to you moan (and whine) about everything from unfair instructors to arbitrary curfews.
For every time you miss their birthday or call late on Mother's Day and they smile and say, "It's okay, honey," they're silently crying inside.
If your parents are unable (or unwilling due to the generation they grew up in) to advocate for their own rights, do so on their behalf.
When it comes to our responsibilities to our parents as they age, this is a true win-win situation. Your parents will cherish the time they spend with you.
We have this idea that the elderly are like old dogs that are incapable of learning new "tricks."
While we are not legally required to shelter our parents as they age, we do have a moral commitment to ensure they are not homeless.
One of the most difficult responsibilities we have to our parents as they grow older is to honour their desires and let them go when they want us to.
Last but not least, you owe it to your parents to fulfil all of the aforementioned responsibilities.