Lots of talking and writing about how we should treat Elders with dignity. We forget that they treat us with dignity, more than we think and realize. Here is a story which touched me a long time ago and it keeps coming back to me (Letting ourselves being touched I think is the first step in treating others with dignity):
I was caring for an old man, crippled with arthritis. I helped him brush his teeth and handed him the water cup to rinse his mouth. He took in some water, moved it around his mouth and before forcefully spitting it back into the plastic cup I put under his chin he looked up to me, making sure he would not spray my clothes with the contents of his mouth.
This was a split second incident but I got the message, he was looking after me, treating me, his carer, with dignity and respect.