Every day thousands of elderly people in nursing homes eagerly await visitors or hope for at least a phone call from their family. But at the end stages of their lives, hearts that won't beat much longer are often bitterly disappointed. When an old man regarded as a grouch by the nurses died, they tidied his room and found something that both moved them and filled them with remorse.
Never assume that the elderly gent next to you doesn't see things any more. He lives and feels just like you do. In every aging body lives a spirit that wants to remain young, even when that body doesn't cooperate the way it once did. Remember the words of this old man and whenever you see an elderly person, treat him or her the way they deserve to be treated.
Share this poem and remember that in our hearts, we are never old.