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By Kaelanne Jordan
Twitter: @kaelanne1

In light of the recent crimes perpetuated against the elderly community, one mental health clinician believes that something is “definitely wrong” in our world where we no longer recognise human rights and dignity, especially those of the ageing population.

“They took care of us and so the circle of life should be done in return. There is such value in our ageing parents and grandparents…they connect us to our past and origins. They are witnesses to and of our history. They are narrators and storytellers of the lives once lived. They really are the cornerstone of who we are today…and sometimes we forget that,” said Crystal Johnson of the Archdiocesan Family Life Commission (AFLC) during a ‘Topic Thursdays’ episode on Facebook live, Thursday, August 29.

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