In a recent address, Cambodian Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen emphasized the importance of children taking care of their elderly parents at home, rather than sending them to Elderly Care Centres. The Prime Minister made this statement while presiding over the inauguration ceremony of two new buildings and the graduation ceremony of around 2,000 students at the Royal Academy for Justice of Cambodia in Phnom Penh.
Hun Sen stated that Cambodia should preserve its tradition and custom of respecting senior citizens, reiterating the noble advice of Buddha that parents are considered gods at home. He further explained that caring for parents at home is part of the solution to the potential future problem of the impact of population aging.
This issue has been a topic of concern in recent forums between the Prime Minister, line ministries of the Royal Government of Cambodia, and foreign partner organizations in the Kingdom. These discussions have highlighted the anticipated increase in the number of senior citizens, as well as the decline in the proportion of young people and mortality rate, a situation experienced by Japan.
The Importance of Children Caring for Elderly Parents at Home
Caring for elderly parents at home offers several benefits, both to the aging parents and their children:
- Emotional Support: Elderly parents often experience feelings of loneliness and isolation. By living with their children, they can receive emotional support and maintain strong family bonds.
- Physical Care: As parents age, they may require assistance with daily tasks and personal care. Children can provide this support more effectively at home, ensuring their parents’ comfort and well-being.
- Financial Stability: Elderly care centres can be expensive. By caring for parents at home, families can save on these costs and potentially provide a more stable financial situation for both the parents and the children.
- Cultural Preservation: As mentioned by Prime Minister Hun Sen, caring for elderly parents at home helps preserve Cambodian traditions and customs of respecting senior citizens.
- Intergenerational Learning: Having multiple generations living under one roof provides opportunities for the exchange of knowledge, skills, and experiences. This can lead to a better understanding of each other and a stronger family unit.
Prime Minister Samdech Hun Sen’s call for children to care for their elderly parents at home highlights the need to address the potential challenges of an aging population while preserving the cultural values of Cambodia. By encouraging children to take responsibility for their parents’ well-being, the country can work towards a more sustainable and compassionate future for all generations.