Rising concern for safety and wellbeing of senior citizens

Sep 11 2013, 22:01 IST
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SummaryIt is not an easy task for the seniors to be tension free especially when their children and other family members do not reside in the same city/country.

would be- lack of available sources for them to commute, finding a reliable house help, finding someone to help them around in case of medical emergencies and last but not the least, source for recreation to pass time and a emotional bonding.

At times children find it difficult to find sources of affiliation for their senior family members. While we are busy making two ends meet, they struggle to find someone they can have a chat with, interact and share their wisdom, discuss their worries and seek companionship. In our senior citizen workshops we initially organized structured meetings by getting a specialist to talk to them, do activities which will improve their health, but eventually the members of the group came and told us that all they were looking for just simple everyday activities and ways to make life easier for them and improve their quality of life.

Some seniors have their families living with them, but this is also an age old practice which is breaking down due to urbanization and the need to move to different cities to earn a living. Even those senior people who have their families living with them in most cases suffer from loneliness as both children/daughter/son and son/daughter in law is working. The second option is sanatoriums and for some it is living in a religious place if their community makes it available to them.

So what is the need for the hour? I strongly believe that it is essential to have a place where people as they age in life feel safe, secure and can lead their life in true hassle free manner.

In India such a concept is still new, but few names are now coming in light which have initiated their thought in this direction. Time has come for India to have senior friendly and senior specific communities which are focused on offering active and healthy living. It’s imperative to provide seniors a place which allows them to spend time with likeminded neighbors. A living space designed by special experts to provide holistic lifestyle. It's important to give our loved ones a happy home and a healthy environment a small gesture of thank you after all that they have done for us.

- Dr. Anjali Chhabria

(Dr Chhabria is a practicing consultant and psychiatrist for over 20 years)

Views expressed in this article are author's own and do not represent those of The Indian Express

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