Do not expect old people to be very different from people of any other age. Some of them can become very childish; but then, so too are some young people. People can change at any age, if they want to; but they don`t automatically change for the better just because they grow old.
Just because a person has lived long, don`t expect to find a saint or a perfect person. Accept people, even old ones, as they are.Give them respect.
Frankly, an old person who is suffering from incontinence does not deserve any less respect than a baby who is not yet potty trained. We need to show respect for those who have lived long on the face of this earth. If we do so, people will be more likely to show the same respect for us when we are of that age..
Learn to love older people. Anyone can love the young and the beautiful. To love an older person comes closer to true love. Of course, it is a pleasure to deal with an old person who is sweet, lovely, intelligent, and self-sufficient. Anyone can do that. It takes real character to love those who don`t love us, and especially to love those who aren`t lovable. So, if the person you are dealing with is an impossible old man or old woman, rise to the occasion and be challenged to treat them especially well.
Be careful about correcting an old person`s opinion. The old person may be wrong; but again, you may be wrong. He or she has lived a long time and his or her opinion is worth the consideration.
Treat old people just like you want to be treated when you get old. If you want to perpetuate cruelty to the second and third generation, then treat your old folks cruelly. Your children will treat you like you treated your parents, and thus it goes on and on.