When we are young, we take life for granted. We don't realize how precious life is. It goes by so fast. Then, when we're old, we wonder where life went. When you are 20, 80 seems so far in the future. When you are 80, it seems such a short time when we were 20. And - we realize just how short time really is (too late).
One of the worst parts of getting older is losing our independence. Feeling that we may end up in a nursing home with other people making decisions for us. We shouldn't have to feel ashamed because we have to depend on others to help us. Age leaves us with ourselves and our memories. We remember what we used to look like and what we were capable of doing.
Here's what the Bible says about the aged:
"That the aged men be sober, grave, temperate, sound in faith, in charity, in patience. The aged women likewise, that they be in behavior as becometh holiness, not false accusers, not given too much wine, teachers of good things. That they may teach the young women to be sober, to love their husbands, to love their children, to be discreet, chaste, keepers of the home, good, obedient to their own husbands, that the word of God be not blasphemed."
---- K J V Titus 2:2-5.
We should embrace the elderly for their knowledge and years of experience instead, they are sometimes lumped together as people who has nothing to contribute to society anymore. But, should we stop and ponder there are many extremely productive and creative people in their 70's, 80's and even 90's. Also, remember, If we should live long enough, one of these days, we too will be old. Then we will have our memories. But, keep in mind, our souls are timeless. The physical body is merely a shell that we will discard on the road to the glorious eternity.