We wish to repay our debt to society: Senior citizens

The Senior Citizen's Association, Chandigarh, which looks after the needs of fellow senior citizens and acts as a support group, has been also working for the upliftment of the deprived sections of the society for the last 16 years.

The association, which was declared the best senior citizens' NGO in India by the All India Senior Citizen's Confederation (AISCCON) for its worthy work in the field of social welfare, works with a motive to rid the three basic evils of old age - disease, isolation and neglect.

The Association runs six physiotherapy centers in order to help the physically challenged, aged and weaker sections of the society. It has constantly evolved by amending the quality of work and programmes. The Association also holds meetings twice a month where the focus lies on educating members on various topics related to medical, security, financial planning, insurance etc.

Apart from entertaining and educating elderly citizens, the association looks after 100 girls from a poor colony for a period of 14 months and then shifts over to another colony. It also hold plays with which one can relate, adding spark to the existing opinions and knowledge.

Mr Daljeet Singh Grewal, President, says "We don't confine ourselves only to the members of the association, it's bigger than that. We do serve senior citizens in every possible way but we also focus on young poor girls. It's our duty to raise healthy girls for a healthy future of the country. Here, we celebrate festivals together like a family."

"By doing our bit for the needy we wish to repay our debt to the society who has helped us grow in one way or the other," he adds.

The association has initiated several programmes like Project Vanita for poverty stricken women, Project Shravanika to strengthen the bond between grandparents and grandchildren, Project Shakti to educate young girls about health and hygiene and Project Bheeshma Pitamha to earn the kindness and respect of the youth. In addition, the association also promotes computer learning for old people and poor girls and Senconsult, a forum where older people can share their experiences and knowledge with the youth.

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