Seniors: It's essential to foster intergenerational harmony

Seniors: It's essential to foster intergenerational harmony

India has a youthful population overall, with a median age of roughly 29. The nation is sometimes referred to as "New India" due to its very character, which includes a sizable and growing workforce (18 to 45 years old). One should not ignore the intricacy of Indian society, however. More than 135 million people are classified as "elderly" or "senior citizens," meaning they are older than 60.

Many of these seniors continue to be physically and cognitively active for a long time of 10 to 15 years even after they retire because of enhanced longevity brought about by advancements in medical science. They have retired from their "professional careers," yet they are still actively living. Many of them mature gracefully and contentedly, but others do not. They become directionless and powerless due to a lack of financial resources, a decrease in their physical and mental health, the separation from their families, and the loss of a sense of purpose in life. Anxiety, despair, and emotional instability are all symptoms of loneliness.

Bringing generations together makes sense:

to coexist peacefully so that both younger and older generations may pursue their own goals and ambitions. While the younger generation seeks worldly and material prosperity and pleasure, the elderly are only concerned with health and pleasant aging. They may both support and complement one another while traveling independently and yet coexist in harmony.

In extended or shared families, things used to work out that that. Older people used to take care of the home and young children while the younger ones went out to get money for everyone. They would return in the evening, have a great evening together, and have supper. These blended families serve as the ideal "micro-example" of how two generations may peacefully coexist and coexist under one roof.

Two generations' roles:

By extending the idea, it is acceptable to say that a society where all generations can coexist and live in harmony would be a much better place to remain and live. Elders with three to four decades of life experience may serve as the best "mentors" and "role models" for the younger generation by demonstrating the proper way to live. But because of their diminished physical and mental strength, individuals could need assistance to lead active lives. The younger generation may contribute by giving the elderly a "helping hand." Along with satisfying their financial needs, they can provide seniors the warmth and care they need.

The situation described above is utopian and may not often occur. There will be older people who "interfere" with the younger generations' decision-making and break up families. On the other hand, a selfish younger generation looking to rob seniors of their assets may turn to "elder abuse." We must quit using both therapeutic and legal tools. However, as older people deteriorate and grow more frail, the younger generation's compassionate care is required more as the older people return to the zone of dependency from freedom. In order for seniors to enjoy and calmly spend their final remaining time with them, youngsters must manage this circumstance with empathy, kindness, and care.

Moving ahead

The only wise course of action is to establish an ecosystem in which all generations may coexist peacefully. It is important to instill an attitude of cooperation and mutual aid from an early age. Beginning with early childhood education (ECCE), respect for the elderly should be made a requirement as a means of "experiential learning." Similar to this, those who are in their "prime elder age" (let's say 60 to 70) must contribute to the younger generation. This might be offering free lessons, spending time with kids, or going to schools to allow students to speak about their experiences in life.

All of this aims to bridge generations in order to foster a calm environment for living. Such experiments to unite generations are already being conducted in several nations throughout the globe. We should all participate in such studies.