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World Elders’ Day celebrated

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Elderly ladies participate in a mehendi painting competition organised by the Kottayam Social Service Society as part of the World Elders’ Day.
Elderly ladies participate in a mehendi painting competition organised by the Kottayam Social Service Society as part of the World Elders’ Day.

Special programmes were conducted by various organisations in observance of the International Day of Older Persons here on Monday.

A programme that had been organised in this regard by the Federation of Senior Citizens’ Association Kerala was inaugurated by former Supreme Court judge K.T. Thomas. In his inaugural address, Justice Thomas called upon the senior citizens to adapt as much as possible to the gradual changes being witnessed in society. He also said efforts must be made by the section to contribute to society in their own ways.

Delivering the keynote address, Home Minister Thiruvanchoor Radhakrishnan said the government was committed to providing security to the elderly in the State. The Care, Aid and Relief for Elders (CARE) scheme of the Kerala Police has been initiated as part of such efforts. The security net will soon be expanded to be able to provide enhanced protection for senior citizens.

The inmates of the Santhi Bhavan, an old-age home, were felicitated at a function organised by Bipha Ayurveda in association with Kottayam (West) Janamaithri Police. All the 76 inmates of the facility were provided with kits containing traditional attires.

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