Similarity between elderly and children

Similarity between elderly and children

Bayram is approaching, television ads visit the elderly, the ads are returning, and on October 1 approaching the “old and children” I thought it was time to write an article on the subject. Old age, which expresses different meaning and importance for every person, is a very special period of life. Our elders are the most valuable assets that build bridges between yesterday and today and enable us to carry our culture and values ​​to these days. Our children are our most valuable assets that will carry these values ​​to the future. Therefore, it is very important for the elderly and children to be together, to share something together. If you think like me, you may be interested in this article…

What is October 1st?

The first United Nations General Assembly held in Vienna in 1982 World Aging Assembly'In; Aging process characteristics and problems are discussed with the aim of making the aging problem recognized at global level. October 1 International Day of the Elderly has been declared. World Seniors Day It has been celebrated in Turkey since 1983.

Misinformation of children about the elderly

Sometimes young children may be afraid of them, dislike or fear them because they do not have enough information about the elderly. In such a case, you should give your child the right information about the elderly, take them to the environments where they can be with the elderly, and tell your child that old age is a natural process in life and that they will age one day. Make sure you will observe that they are very good friends for a while. You may not know how to tell your child about the elderly, and if there are no elderly people nearby you can easily arrange your child, you can ask your child's school for help. Today, almost all early childhood education programs implement complementary programs, and within the scope of these programs, they keep the classroom environment open to individuals of all ages. If you make a request about it, your child's teacher can talk with the children about the elderly in the classroom, or invite an elderly person to the classroom to have a different experience. Remember, our country is celebrated as SAY RESPECT TO THE ELDERLY H between 18-24 March every year. You can ask your child's teacher to do an activity this week.

Children's thoughts about the elderly by age

3-4 year old children:

Children aged 3-4 years experience constant confusion about age. The age concept is quite abstract to them. Children in this age group think that people of the same height are of the same age, tall individuals are old and short ones are young.

The most important thing to do in this period is to bring your child together with older people and give him the right information about old age. Your child's grandparents, elderly neighbors or old neighborhood residents may be those people oldukça As you get together, your child's views about the elderly will change, they will have more accurate information, understand that old age is not related to height and learn that old age is a natural process.

Children 5-6 years:

Children at this age still do not easily understand the relationship between time and age. In this period, most children think that elderly people are old for the rest of their lives, that they or their parents will never grow old or think that aging is not a process but a single night. It is very important that you bring your child together with older people so that they can learn about older people. Children come together with older individuals to see their own lives and the parallels that exist in their lives and learn to care for the elderly.

Children 7-8 years old:

Even though they still do not fully understand the relationship between age and time, children know more about old age in this period. They tend to share common things with the elderly, learn new skills from older individuals, develop vocabulary. They can be more patient and enjoy spending time with the elderly.


Seefeldt, C., B. Warman, R.K. Jantz & A. Galper. 1990. Young and old together. Washington, DC: NAEYC. # 347.

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