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Event to educate about rights of elderly held

Symposium to educate about rights of elderly held

india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 12:15 IST

A symposium to educate about the medical needs and rights of older persons was organised at the India Habitat Centre on June 30.

The occasion, apart from giving an insight into the plight of the aged in our country, spoke about how things could be made better for them in the final years of their life.

The event, organised by Agewell, identified uninterrupted physical and emotional needs, basic medical attention, adequate standard of living, treatment with dignity, etc as rights of the elderly.

The symposium, attended mainly by the elderly, educated them on their medical rights and needs and urged everybody to support and reminded the younger generation of their duties towards their elders.

Delhi Health and Social Welfare minister Dr Yogananda Shastri applauded the role played by Agewell Foundation, an NGO dedicated towards the welfare of older persons across the country to further the cause and motivate public opinion about the rights & needs of the elderly.

Addressing the symposium, Agewell Foundation founder Himanshu Rath said, "In the coming time India will have one of the largest grey haired population in the world, but our country has no proper system to take care of the aged.

"Financial security is a must for not only meeting the daily needs but also the healthcare requirements that arise due to age and most importantly to lead a respectful life.

"Hence the country needs to evolve a financial support system for our elderly."