The famous 19th-century American biographer, Katherine Anthony once said, People seem to think that life began with the achievement of personal independence. This quote stands true for all stages of life, especially the golden years.
Your life, up till this point has been about doing things for others and caring for their happiness. Be it your parents, siblings, or children - you cared, helped, and nurtured them to the best of your abilities and you probably did not have time to think about yourself. Now, at this stage of your life, you would want love, care, and respect from your loved ones, but relying on them every single time may not be the best idea. The reality, however, is that old age can bring about multiple issues, but, being aware of these can help one nip them in the bud itself. Health is always on top of everyones lists, however, often neglected is the issue of Human Rights Violations of seniors. The violation of basic human and fundamental rights provided by our constitution creates an environment of insecurity in seniors. It escalates when others from society, who should stand against these violations, turn a blind eye to the whole scenario. Giving voice to seniors becomes even more important, as most of them are not even aware of their fundamental rights. Agewell Foundation, conducted a survey and interviewed over 50,000 seniors in India, and prepared a report regarding the day-to-day problems faced by seniors. Over 65% of seniors reported that their rights have been violated, at least once. According to the report, Human Rights for Older People in India: A Reality Check, the most common difficulties faced by Seniors are:-
This Human Rights Day (10th December), we at Seniority are trying to chalk out some possible solutions for these difficulties. We have already been working in this direction and you can find relevant articles here :
In this particular article, we are going to discuss some of the safety and security tips for seniors.
Other than the suggestions above, you can keep yourself engaged and also do your bit for the seniors community by being a part of an NGO or government approved organizations for the elderly.
Here are some reputed NGOs and organizations that especially cater to the needs of the elderly:
Maya care works to empower senior citizens from the comfort of their homes. It was established with a mission to help senior citizens become more independent. Their volunteers help seniors in traveling, and also accompany them to social gatherings.
This not-for-profit NGO has a team of professionals & trained counselors to help senior citizens and contribute to society. The foundation was established specially to help others develop a sense of responsibility towards the aged.
Help Age India
HelpAge India works towards providing Universal Pension and quality healthcare to seniors. They also raise the issues of Elder Abuse at national, state and societal level. The organization goes a step ahead with its programs for senior citizens to help one feel secure, motivated and live a happy life. ·
This foundation works with an aim to help seniors feel secure and live their life with dignity. They offer opportunities for productive aging and social support services. A unique feature of the foundation is that they provide easy access to the much-needed information and multiple opportunities where seniors can contribute to society in the best way possible.
While determining how successful we are as a society, we must look into how safe and secure our elders are. Respect, love, and care is all they need, but safety for seniors is the most essential aspect we should look into. At Seniority, we are doing our bit to help seniors live an independent life and we certainly hope that this article provided much needed clarity to caregivers and seniors. - Team Seniority
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