REHABILITATION OF SENIOR CITIZENS


Vulnerability is the situation of powerlessness and inability to attain the rights and privileges. This vulnerability is the root cause of marginalization. People in old age constitute the major portion of the vulnerable section of the society. Phenomenon of aging is a part of human life cycle which leads to social and physical vulnerability.

In India 6.3% of the total population is constituted by the elderly. They are the major victims of marginalization and it makes their life pathetic due to isolation, insecurity, health problems and economic instability. Marginalization, exclusion and vulnerability of the elderly made Chetanalaya to choose them as a target group and it reaches out to the elderly people living in the slums and resettlement colonies in Delhi.

The major activities of Chetanalaya for elderly hinges around three aspects viz. medical, advocacy and group activity support to the elderly. For that purpose Chetanalaya arranged medical consultation camps, SHG trainings and programmes for the rights and benefits of elderly. As a measure to provide basic medical care to the poor elderly population in the vicinity of Sangam Vihar, Delhi Chetanalaya undertakes medical consultation camps for elderly and weekly physiotherapy camps. Under the initiative of Chetanalaya eye camps are also organized and needy elderly persons are referred for cataract surgery.

Chetanalaya arranges SHG training classes for the elderly to teach them about the objectives of Self Help Groups besides organizing consicientization programs for the elderly about their rights and privileges. The public also is made familiar with the issues and concerns of elderly through rallies and street plays. Thus Chetanalaya identifies senior citizens in the highly vulnerable categories and help them to apply for the old age pension. Apart from this Chetanalaya makes steps to avoid the isolation of the elderly by conducting day celebrations like senior citizen days, festivals etc. and outings and pilgrimages.

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