However, side by side the feeling of goodness is the problems that elders face – the most problematic one is of social security. They lead lonely lives and the frequency of attacks on these helpless persons by their servants and domestic helps is a cause of concern, the police staff is inadequate and in many of the cases, the deaths are discovered very late. The neighbours complaint of stench emanating from behind closed doors and when the doors are broken down, the horrific deaths are unearthed. The reason for elders living isolated lives is that their children have migrated to greener pastures and feel that the elders can take care of themselves if the monthly remittances are made.
What is necessary is for suitable measures to be adopted by the police and also by the family members to keep track of these old souls – they should not be neglected. One method is to have positive systems like regular telephone calls, providing them with instant alarm systems, gadgets to help them move about within the confines of their rooms or even out of the premises. Extending special privileges like concessional rail tickets and providing them with a 0.5 per cent extra interest on fixed deposits is not the ultimate solution.