I was quite surprised to know that there is a Senior’s Day amidst all the other days meant more for youngsters. Invariably the talks and discussions revolve around how charity begins at home which means care of the elderly should b taken by the family, sons and daughters of the couple. Well it sounds perfect in theory but there is a dichotomy between theory and practice which is the hitch. Sons may have good intentions and wish to take care of their parents in their old age but prove helpless if their wives do not
co operate. Like wise it is with the daughters if their husbands don’t lend a helping hand. There are constraints of space no doubt with the present Apartment culture which has lead to nuclear families where parents/inlaws cannot be accommodated. Another constraint perhaps is the reluctance of seniors themselves to relocate if they happen to live in another town or city (having lived there all their life).
What is the solution I wonder especially with increasing longevity among our population?
n.meera raghavendra rao