Caring for the elderly be it in India or any other country is something that is to be done with the utmost concern and adherence. As people grow older, all they need is support in terms of health issues, finance and in some cases shelter as well. Even if they are blessed physically and financially, life is never the same as it was before. Living gets tougher with old age.
The government of any country plays an important role in the betterment of the lives of elderly. Over the past few years, the Indian government has taken many steps that have made the lives of the senior citizens much easier. Apart from the reserved seats in buses and metros, there are many other benefits that have been issued by the government with the aim of bestowing independence among the elderly and about which not many people know.
Given below are some of the lesser known schemes for elderly in India-
- Reverse Mortgage- Under this scheme by the National Housing Bank, any senior citizen in need who has a house of his/her own, can mortgage the property and a receive a monthly income without having to move out of the house. Availing this scheme can clear up many issues like deficient income through only pensions.
- Maintenance of parents and Senior Citizens- This scheme is made for the maintenance of parents and senior citizens and caters to many advantages like establishing old age homes (which takes care of the older people providing with all the necessary health care and other supports), protecting not only the life but their properties and possessions as well etc.
- National Mental Health program- The National Mental Health Program aims at providing aid for the older citizens who are going through serious mental disorders like Alzheimer’s, depression, post-traumatic stress disorders, autism, Asperger and many more.
- Concessions on Travel- Citizens, who are of or above the age of sixty, get various discounts or concessions on travel. Not only concessions but there are particular seats be it in trains or flights especially reserved for the older people.
These were some of the lesser known schemes and programs run by the government of India which are very useful and demonstrate that the government is concerned for the senior citizens.
There are many senior citizen homes working for the betterment of the lives of elder people who have been abandoned by their families. In the homes, the elders are provided with all the required aids like food, clothing, shelter and health care. They try their best to create an environment no less than their own home.
Taking care of the older citizens of our country is not something that should be restricted to our own grandparents or other older member within the family. Being the citizens of a country, people must take the responsibility of being there for the elders in need or offering a helping hand whenever they see someone in crisis.