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.

What does one visualize when they think about their ageing parents? A sense of safety and security, feeling of belongingness with loved ones around, ample recreational opportunities to keep themselves engaged and active... When we are younger, we are both physically and mentally active; we are also physically and mentally alert to handle any concerns. But with age the scenario changes. Age sets in many changes, some which we are prepared for and some we are unaware of.

If one was to ask if the external factors make a difference, it most certainly makes a great difference when we get older. Changing social dimensions, fading joint families and financial independence are some factors that are contributing to the trend.

Retirement is a vital change in senior years. If one was to ask you how would you like to spend your retirement? The answer would probably have two main components- I want to be happy and healthy and also constructively engaged. As you know, being stress free and being in good health is a major part of ageing cycle. However, everything needs planning. We all have a picture of a retirement somewhere.... well at least some of us do... a mental snap shot of where you would like to be once you retire from the responsibilities - to enjoy in peace and take a deep breath after all the running around.

So while we all want the perfect place to unwind after a long road of life to seek enjoyment and fun. Is it the way we see most of our seniors leading their life?

There is an increase in number of assaults, stealing and killing cases in the city among the senior citizens in the recent past. It 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. I have a friend of mine who called me from London worried on the phone asking me to check how her father was. This is because of the rising concern for the safety and wellbeing of their senior family members.

A large number of people have moved overseas however their parents havenít really been able to adapt to the western lifestyle, so they still seek their comfort in their homeland. There are quite a few difficulties which these senior citizens have to put up with. To name a few

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