The issue of safety and security in a city also raises the question of how safe its citizens feel.
Some residents aired their views on living independently and the importance of neighbourhood interaction.
“It is always better to live in a joint family as there is no proper safety for those living alone, especially for senior citizens,” says S.M. Vimmalama (56), who has been living alone in her Kamakshipalya residence after her husband died.
“I don’t believe in getting too friendly with too lot many people of my lane. I am familiar with a few of my neighbours and I keep it at that level,” said 63-year-old K.S. Rajalakshmi, a resident of Basaveshwarnagar.
Her only son is studying in Germany and she lives with her husband in the area.
K. Jaladhija (60) has been living in Basaveshwarnagar since eight years and takes care of her aged mother. “It is really difficult to trust people today. All my neighbours are very helpful and friendly, and I am always on guard against strangers,” she says.
“Bangalore has changed indeed. It is not at all safe to live alone. To my good fortune, I have good neighbours who have supported me greatly,” says 80-year-old N.G. Kulkarni, a retired veterinary doctor who lives in Subramanya Nagar.
“Today, there is nothing that seems to be good for the elderly. The roads are in a very bad condition [making it difficult] for old people to walk. And living alone is too risky and unsafe for them. Many in Bangalore are unemployed and because of lack of money, they tend to commit crime. And so the elderly become easy prey,” says 70-year-old Sharadha, a resident of Manjunathnagar, who lives alone.
“As we grow older, our physical abilities tend to decline and we are not as attentive as we were during our younger days. Thus, it is very difficult to live alone, manage one’s [day-to-day] living and be alert against criminal activities where the elderly are targeted,” says K. Ramachandra, an 87-year-old living in Dasarahalli.
The city’s senior citizens are
aware how vulnerable