Silver Cyclers Project- The key messages


With some thought I put together the core elements of the messages I would share with the people I meet on the cyclothon. The delivery and emphasis would change depending on the composition of the group I am talking to; the core messages however would remain the same.

Celebrating active aging:

  • Working on your fitness needs to start when you are well ahead of your sixties
  • Actively work on your fitness in and post the sixties
  • Active aging is not just staying free of illness; it is being fit and being in a position to successfully complete physically challenging tasks
  • Give full play to the hobbies and passions that are dear to you.
  • Stay active socially, spiritually and mentally
  • Senior citizenship is not a period of decline but the third phase of life when we can add value to the society and community we belong to
  • Leading a long life is meaningful only when we resolve to reach out to others to enable them to be happy

Respect and caring for elders

  • Elders have spent most of their lives often with several sacrifices to ensure that their children are well educated, get good jobs, get married and live lives that are more prosperous than their own
  • The elders deserve the support, caring and comfort of the younger members of the family
  • Care for the elders has always been a part of our heritage and culture
  • The growth of micro-families and the need for the young to take jobs far and wide has made taking care of the elders a challenge
  • There are too many instances of the young abandoning the elders especially when they fall ill; the young must remember the debt of gratitude they owe to the elders
  • Several studies indicate that there will be over 150 million elders in our country by the year 2025; this is a huge population that requires rapid enhancement of infrastructure for the caring and treatment across the board
  • The government needs to e conscious of this and deploy adequate resources for developing and funding initiatives related to care and treatment of the elders
  • Trusts, religious institutions and private enterprise need to expand their investments and involvement in this sector manifold
  • Volunteer support from the young and able elders also needs to be stepped up with appropriate training

Living in peace and harmony

  • Our youth was always spent in the company of friendly neighbours who were an extension of our family; they walked in and out of our houses just as we did theirs
  • Today we take very little effort to get to know our neighbours and create a neighbourhood of mutual respect, caring and encouragement
  • Let us resolve to reach out our hands in friendship to our neighbours and the people we are associated with to build communities of friendship, harmony and happiness around us




Author: hari008

Business Leader , Mentor and Executive Coach with a long track record of achievement , developing high performance teams and mentoring team members who now hold responsible positions in several leading companies

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