25th International Day of Older Persons was observed at Tagore Theatre, Sector-18, Chandigarh today with solemnity and enthusiasm. The month of September had seen a flurry of activities – four socio-medicalcamps, a function in Old Age Home, two Gala Morning functions, the popular “Walk for Fun” and Mushaira – in the run-up for this day. Senior citizens were agog in anticipation of today’s Grand Finale, if the large turnout at the venue was anything to go by. Smt. Kirron Kher, Member of Parliament (Lok Sabha), was Chief Guest at the function.
The Chief Guest, addressing senior citizens, appreciated the efforts made by Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (CSCA) in providing much needed services not only to senior citizens but also to other challenged sections of society by way of medical and other facilities, counseling and guidance. She was happy that the Association was providing a platform to elders to share their joys and sorrows and relieving them from worries of loneliness. She appealed to younger generations to accept moral responsibility to look after the elders who had made great contributions to take the country forward.
Earlier the Association President, Sh. Daljit Singh Grewal, gave a brief resume of the Association activities and how working simultaneously at different levels the Association had been able to bring about attitudinal changes among older persons and the younger generations. He pointed out that demographic changes brought about by lopsided policies could lead to serious social upheaval if timely action is not taken as senior citizen population is likely to increase to 21% by 2050. He further urged the Chief Guest, and guests from Chandigarh Administration and Municipal Corporation to involve the Association in setting up Physiotherapy Centres in Civil Dispensaries as most of these are not put to optimum use. The Association is a rich repository of talent and experience in diversified fields: its members can render useful service to the Administration in a number of areas.
Smt. Kirron Kher, released the Association’s Souvenir and honoured:
- 26 senior citizens under 4 different categories
- 17 Service Providers for Socio-Medical Camps
- 11 Fund Donors and Raisers were honoured. (List attached)
A special highlight of the Event was a cultural programme presented by a team of artists of North Zone Cultural Centre (NZCC), Patiala, led by Ms. Meenu Atwal.
Col. Sukhdev Singh
Chandigarh Senior Citizens’ Association (Regd.)
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