Aging is not lost youth but a new stage of opportunity and strength.
Old age is a time when we need the love and care of our loved ones most.
Many factors have contributed to the alienation of elders in India.
- Migration of young couples from the rural areas to cities in search of better employment opportunities to fend for themselves.
- Elders who have been in control of the household for a long time are unwilling to give up the responsibility to their children.
- Youngsters, on their part, are sometimes resentful of the attitude of their parents.
- Many youngsters have moved to places far away from their native homes and, in the recent past, to many countries abroad. So even if they want to, they cannot accommodate their parents in their own homes.
- Elders are sometimes too incapacitated or unwell to look after themselves or get medical care especially in an emergency.
All of these factors have made Old Age Homes seem more relevant in the Indian context than ever before.
Hence, Reaching hand, with its aim to reach out to all aspects of the under privileged community, is soon starting an Old Age Home at Kanjirapally, Kerala. The home will be an assisted living accommodation for the sick, abandoned, and neglected.