Lions Sarvodaya Senior Citizen Home

Lions Sarvodaya Senior Citizen Home

Senior Citizens

Senior citizens are the assets of society. ‘Ago Tapnu Mudhako, Kura Sunnu Budhako' is a common proverb in Nepal . This literally means the elder people are full of knowledge through their experiences and they should be heard for they are the resources. In the past, senior citizens used to be highly respected in Nepal and joint family was dominant where more than 3 generations lived happily as a single household under one roof. However, due to changing life style and urbanization, family type and size have changed and nucleus family has now become the dominant family type in the country. Due to changing family structure and changed attitudes of the new generations towards the senior citizens, they are often forgotten if not neglected

Experience and knowledge of senior citizens can be vital for a family, society and the country. But even then, there is dearth of adequate attention to their care on the part of family, society and country.

According to the record maintained by the Social Welfare Council (SWC), an institution established by the Government to monitor the activities carried out by the NGOs and INGOs, the total number of old age homes registered as of 2005 is 153. However, most of the registered homes either do not exist or operate in very poor condition. Per the publication "Voice of the Elderly" only ten homes are functional at present. It is to be noted that even these are operating in the poor condition and most of them are centered only in the cities or in capital Kathmandu . These homes are estimated to cover only about 0.22% of the actual need. The most vulnerable people from the old age group basically live in the villages and far remote areas rather than in the cities. On top of everything, Lamjung district, the place where Lions Senior Citizen Home is proposed to be established, does not have any old age home but contains many vulnerable senior citizens from most disadvantaged segment of the society and so called lower caste people.

 

Senior citizens are the assets of society. ‘Ago Tapnu Mudhako, Kura Sunnu Budhako' is a common proverb in Nepal . This literally means the elder people are full of knowledge through their experiences and they should be heard for they are the resources. In the past, senior citizens used to be highly respected in Nepal and joint family was dominant where more than 3 generations lived happily as a single household under one roof. However, due to changing life style and urbanization, family type and size have changed and nucleus family has now become the dominant family type in the country. Due to changing family structure and changed attitudes of the new generations towards the senior citizens, they are often forgotten if not neglected and their lives have become more vulnerable.

Experience and knowledge of senior citizens can be vital for a family, society and the country. But even then, there is dearth of adequate attention to their care on the part of family, society and country. Although everybody agrees on the value of senior citizens, there is no conducive environment for the utilization of their knowledge and experience. In one hand, their life expectancy is rising due to improved health care provided to them, but unfortunately, the care, respect and love they deserve is dwindling on the other hand. This problem is especially rampant among the poor.

The senior citizens are also deprived of family care and love on top of the fact that they are refrained from getting access to the productive resources. The lives of single senior citizens (widow male and female, which is around 3% of the total elders) become even more difficult compared to the couple senior citizens.

Lions Sarvodaya Senior Citizen Home has been proposed as a unique Caring and Rehabilitation Centre to provide its services to the senior citizens by establishing the home there where most of the vulnerable and needy people live. The Lions Senior Citizen Home is the place where old people will live with respect, freedom and peace of mind contributing at the same time to improve the living conditions of the other senior citizens with their skills and experiences.