In today’s world where children leave their land in search of greener pastures what other option do parents have than to seek shelter in old age homes, when they become dependent? And yet another disturbing factor is that servants are a rare commodity nowadays. How can old people cope with their day to day existence with no children or servants around. Yes. Here I feel that old age homes are a necessity, I even feel that a senior companion in Queens is worthwhile. I recall the fact that too many older persons in our country continue to live in poverty, face negative perceptions about aging, continue to be victimized by merciless criminal elements and worst of all, exploitation and abuse, sometimes by their very own family members. They are haunted by the loneliness and the “empty nest syndrome”.
Many find solace in pets; at least animals are far better than humans.We were always proud of the joint family system, the strength of relations and family bonding, but it has evaporated out, with the gush of time. We are busy, too busy for fulfilling even our needs. What has become so important for us today is our false pride and our struggles of life? A day is not sufficient for most of us to complete our official chores, then how can it be spent bothering for someone, if that someone is dependent on us either for the basic or emotional needs or if they are unproductive? But let me remind you dear fellows, that a true measure of a caring society is how best it values and protects its senior citizens. Should I tell you that there should not be any excuses to discard them from our life for what ever reasons. Our elderly are not bundles of burden. We cannot leave our elderly to suffer, deserted on the footpaths, on the roads, on beaches, in the temples or places of worship or old age homes.