Thiruvananthapuram: Grandchildren joined senior citizens in state-run old age homes to celebrate the World Grandparents’ Day on Sunday. They were responding to their letters inviting th-em for celebrations along with them as part of a programme organised by the Legal Services Auth-ority (LSA). The progra-mme was held at the legal clinics attached to the homes of the state government at Pulayanark-otta and Poojappura and Sayahnam Old Age Home of the Thiruvanantha-puram Corporation at Kaladimukam.
The motive was to regenerate the love and affection between the elderly with the younger generation and ultimately unite the family. Different cultural programmes were part of the celebrations.
Children from Chitra Home and nearby Angan-wadis also visited the elderly on the event. Judic-ial officers, panel lawyers and paralegal volunteers also took part. Sreeja Sasidharan, coordinator and panel advocate of the LSA scheme for senior citizens said that generally most of the parents are dumped by their families. Hence, they do not have many visitors.
“However, the initiative to write letters to their grandchildren yielded results,” she told DC. “For a change, many children and grandchildren came. Many of the abandoned are from economically weaker sections who find it challenging to take care of the elders.”...