The senior citizens constitute a very important part of our community. Apart from imparting their knowledge and learnings through life experiences, there are elderly who are even working extensively to still serve the community they live in. However, it is a sad reality that for some of these senior citizens don't get to live the life they wanted or anticipated after retirement. Be it feeling purposeless in life or worse, getting abandoned by their families.
It is important to understand that the elderly of our community need a safe space with basic amenities to lead a dignified life. There are several NGOs and help lines available for the senior citizens working for the betterment of their lives.
Given below is the list of NGOS and departments whom one can contact in case of help and need:
• Helpage India- This foundation is a charity platform working for the elderly for more than 4 decades and believes in fighting poverty, isolation and neglect towards old age population. One can contact their helpline no.1800-180-1253 in case of need.
• DAVO - The foundation is devoted to provide home and help the elders. It has it’s ashrams in Delhi and Haryana. One can reach out to DAVO on 9213604224, 011-28522673.
• Dignity Foundation – The foundation aims at helping elders in leading their lives happily and aims at providing them with opportunities, facilities and all sorts of amenities making them live a wholesome life. In case of need or help one can contact them on their Helpline no.1800-267-8780.
Further, Delhi Police also is available 24*7 to help elderly in distress and provide them resources in case of emergency. One can contact at 1291 especially to seek help in case of elderly population.
Such initiatives are a way to help our society to overcome its social problems and develop holistic spaces for our elderly and help them sustain happily.