Sur­vival of the fittest

Es­pe­cially se­nior cit­i­zens.

Alive - - News - by Subramaniam

Older per­sons are a ne­glected class and the se­nior cit­i­zens suf­fer all tri­als and tribu­la­tions. In many coun­tries, politi­cians make speeches, par­tic­u­larly those re­spon­si­ble for gov­ern­ment de­part­ments that fo­cus on se­nior cit­i­zens dur­ing In­ter­na­tional Day of Older Per­sons. Well­ness in older adults is a com­pi­la­tion of many as­pects of mind and body. Stay­ing phys­i­cally fit, how­ever, is one of the key­stones of pos­i­tive age­ing. The new gen­er­a­tion of se­niors grew up in an era where play took place out­doors. There’s a lot to be said for be­ing part of an ac­tive group.

Ex­er­cise is a use­ful tool and an­tide­pres­sant. Peo­ple are hap­pier, brighter and able to do more for them­selves. In ad­di­tion to phys­i­cal im­prove­ment, there is the psy­choso­cial as­pect of feel­ing bet­ter counts much. In class, res­i­dents make friends and some even find ex­er­cise part­ners, adding peer en­cour­age­ment. Classes help res­i­dents build en­durance. The phys­i­cal ac­tiv­ity fo­cuses on bal­ance, strength­en­ing mus­cles and in­creas­ing range of mo­tion.

First Oc­to­ber is al­ways cel­e­brated ev­ery­where in the world as a Se­nior Cit­i­zens Day for their wel­fare, good health and pros­per­ity, In this jet­set­ting life, we in­creas­ingly for­get the very peo­ple who en­abled us to chase the dreams of our life. A se­nior cit­i­zen needs a greater so­cial and cul­tural an­chor apart from a sense of re­spect and un­der­stand­ing from so­ci­ety to spend his or her re­main­ing years of life in peace and dig­nity. In 1950 there were 200 mil­lion peo­ple over 60 years old and by the year 2000 that num­ber had tripled to nearly 600 mil­lion and by 2025 it is es­ti­mated that there will be over one bil­lion older per­sons.

The year 1999 was cel­e­brated as the In­ter­na­tional Year for Older Per­sons to pro­mote the theme of work­ing to cre­ate “a so­ci­ety for all ages. In 2002 the United Na­tions adopted an In­ter­na­tional Plan of Ac­tion on Age­ing in which all gov­ern­ments pledged to work for the se­cu­rity of older per­sons, as well as to em­power them so that they can par­tic­i­pate fully in the eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial lives of their so­ci­eties.

Se­nior Cit­i­zens Day

The year 1999 was cel­e­brated as the In­ter­na­tional Year for Older Per­sons to pro­mote the theme of work­ing to cre­ate “a so­ci­ety for all ages. In 2002 the United Na­tions adopted an In­ter­na­tional Plan of Ac­tion on Age­ing in which all gov­ern­ments pledged to work for the se­cu­rity of older per­sons, as well as to em­power them so that they can par­tic­i­pate fully in the eco­nomic, po­lit­i­cal and so­cial lives of their so­ci­eties.

Se­nior Cit­i­zens Day, is an op­por­tu­nity to cel­e­brate the wis­dom and achieve­ments se­nior cit­i­zens have made, as well as to ad­vo­cate for the rights of older peo­ple through­out the world. It is an im­por­tant time to re­mind gov­ern­ments about their pledges to work to­wards the mil­len­nium de­vel­op­ment goals of help­ing, among other things, to end hunger and poverty for older per­sons and peo­ple of all ages.

With peo­ple liv­ing and work­ing longer, it is in­creas­ingly im­por­tant that we recog­nise the im­por­tance of sup­port­ing se­nior cit­i­zens and aged within our so­ci­ety. Se­nior Cit­i­zens Day is an op­por­tu­nity to ac­knowl­edge the long-term con­tri­bu­tion and ded­i­ca­tion of older peo­ple, and to en­sure that we are do­ing our best to give some­thing back to older peo­ple.

Older per­sons make wide-rang­ing con­tri­bu­tions to eco­nomic and so­cial de­vel­op­ment. How­ever, dis­crim­i­na­tion and so­cial ex­clu­sion per­sist. We must over­come this bias in or­der to en­sure a so­cially and eco­nom­i­cally ac­tive, se­cure and healthy age­ing pop­u­la­tion. Sus­tain­abil­ity and age-in­clu­sive­ness for se­nior cit­i­zens in the ur­ban en­vi­ron­ment is caus­ing con­cern. The main pur­pose of life is that we should

‘live and let oth­ers also live’ and this has a great im­pact on se­niors. For them sim­ple liv­ing and high think­ing make them sur­vive. Any­way, it is the sur­vival of the fittest in this com­pet­i­tive world.

Se­nior cit­i­zens are ne­glected and they suf­fer most tri­als and tribu­la­tions.

Ex­er­cise is a use­ful tool and an an­tide­pres­sant also.

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