Evaluating the research in which the elderly tend to work and labor more for others without any interests, Gerentologist Sıla Ayan said, “With this research, the helping behavior that changes with aging is defined by taking steps and taking action rather than financial donations.
His study of 95 adults aged 18 to 36 and a group of 92 adults aged 55 to 85 years showed that older people are more empathetic, participatory, and helpful than young people. The research reveals important data on elderly people’s participation in social services and their benevolence attitudes, ”he said.
Drawing attention to the fact that young people are defined as more ‘selfish’ than old people according to the research, Ayan said, “The elderly have a prosocial approach to solve problems. They take responsibility to solve the problem or they accept to be a part of the solution ”.
Emphasizing that elderly people define helping as ‘giving effort’ compared to young people, Gerontologist Sıla Ayan from Istanbul Gelişim University Faculty of Health Sciences said, “People’s willingness and helpfulness to work on behalf of someone else is defined as not dependent on financial resources or available time. “The elderly tend to work and labor more for others without having an interest” he said.
Emphasizing that aging is a life period that offers opportunities for both individuals and societies, Ayan said, “We need systems that support voluntary and wage-based activities and works of our elderly, who constitute 9.5% of our society and whose number is rapidly increasing, and gerontologists for the construction of these systems.
Turkey is the second fastest aging country in the world. In this respect, ensuring that our elderly people stay active and benefit from their experiences should be the backbone of sustainable development, not a secondary gain for us ”.