Today, 1st of October is known as an International Day of Older Persons. The day is celebrated to ensure care, respect and honour for the elderly persons. Those above 60 years of age are considered to be elderly persons or senior citizens in India. It has been 68 years after my birth, earning the right to be called as an elderly person.
While I am generally shown respect, I am not being given enough care. I am suffering from depression, anxiety, heart problems, Osteoarthritis and Osteophytes. I have to visit the Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and C.G.H.S dispensary in Shalimar Bagh regularly for seeking medical care but nobody is there to accompany me because my son - a software engineer in a private firm does not get any time to look after me. The same can be said about my daughter-in-law, a Stenographer in an autonomous institutions and cannot take me to the hospital nor the dispensary.
My wife who is two years younger to me also falls in the bracket of elderly persons and cannot help me much as well. Understandably so, as she is also a patient of diabetes and migraine hence needs to visit Dr. Ram Manohar Lohia Hospital and C.G.H.S. dispensary in Shalimar Bagh for her medical care, but there is no one to take care of her as my son and my daughter-in-law are never available for us.
This day is also observed to ensure that the older persons are safe. However, everybody is so busy that there is not a single helping hand to even help older persons like me and my wife cross the busy intersections.
In our house, after my son and my daughter-in-law leave for office by 9 am, there is no one to look after our security and safety. We have to fend for ourselves. The doors also cannot be kept closed regularly. So, there is always a feeling of insecurity while we stay indoors as well. Our son and daughter-in-law live on the ground floor and we live on the first floor.
Naturally at our age, we cannot get down to purchase various things but we have to force ourself to do that. My daughter-in-law cannot contribute to the management of the house, so my wife at such an age has to cook food for both of us, manage the house with the help of a part-time maid. This is my painful experience as a senior citizen of India.