13th June 2014
Status of Senior Citizens in Kerala, a Growing Concern
Senior Citizens are a treasure to our society. They have worked hard all the years for the development of the nation as well as for the community. They possess a vast experience in different walks of life. The youth of today need to learn from the experience of the senior citizens. At the evening of their life, they need to be taken care of and made to feel special.
It is considered by the population analysts that Kerala might have achieved zero population growth by now. Even if this status is not achieved looking at the downward trend of population growth by the next census Kerala would achieve zero population growth. According to population analysts those below 15 years and above 60 years are considered as dependents. At the first stage where the population is growing rapidly the majority of dependents will be the children, the elderly dependents will be less. Later when the birth and death rate decreased, life expectancy increased and as a result the number of elderly increased.
As against our expectations of tomorrow when more hands to work, we will have more hands to care for. The situation that Kerala will reach in a half century is , if yesterday we struggled to bring up a young generation, tomorrow we will struggle to care for the elderly. In place of play schools and pre-schools we will have to see the upcoming growth of old age homes and day care centers. It is at this juncture that the importance for the senior citizens’ home becomes the need of the day. Safety and security of the elderly, especially those living alone are a concern. Not only to themselves, to their families and to the community in general too.Posted By:Sr. Sudeepa Kappalumakel, Thrikkakara