Tuesday was when the elderly in the city went back to activities that are not part of their daily lives any more. Some enjoyed rides on boats or watched films while others celebrated Elders Day with recreational activities joined in by people from the younger generation.
It was a hectic day for the elders in contrast to the usually uneventful time they spend in old age homes or their own homes.
In a rally held at Marine Drive, the senior citizens were joined by the young for a walkathon organised by HelpAge India. Biju Mathew of Help Age India said the younger generation led a life detached from the elderly. Children raised in nuclear families are not oriented towards the needs of the elderly, he said. It was to have an interaction between the two generations that such a rally was held, he said.
A gathering of the elderly from various old age homes in the city was held in the Town Hall in which 125 people participated. Mayor Tony Chammany inaugurated the event. He said today’s society was following a consumeristic attitude even in family relationships. People need to realise that the elderly are an invaluable asset in their homes, he said. Their benign presence at home gives children an atmosphere that is good for building values in their life, he said.
Corporation Standing Committee Chairperson (Public Works), Soumini Jain, presided over the function. T.K. Asraf, Standing Committee Chairman (Health); R. Thyagarajan, Standing Committee Chairman (Education); Ratnamma Raju, Standing Committee Chairperson (Tax Appeal); and Senior Citizens’ Forum president Mohan Lal, were among those who spoke on the occasion.
In a programme conducted by the District Panchayat, poet Chemmanam Chacko regaled the gathering with his humour even as he called upon all elderly to lead an active life. Eldose Kunnapillil, district panchayat president, inaugurated the event.
All the schools in the district too held Elders’ Day and honoured senior citizens in the area.