I learned an important aspect of caring for disadvantaged sections of society during a visit to an ashram in Chitradurga, Karnataka.
At the ashram there was a shelter home for senior citizens and also a school for orphaned children. The proximity of the elderly and the children was clearly beneficial to both groups. The children benefited form the mature presence of the elderly and the elderly from the hope filled aspirations and vibrancy of the children.
I saw a similar experience in a home for women in Davengere where elderly women and young orphaned girls stayed together at the ashram.The close proximity of the elderly and the young was clearly beneficial at this ashram as well.
In the course of my cycling expedition from Chennai to Delhi in the first quarter of 2019, I visited quite a few shelter homes for the elderly. These two, where there was inter-generational influences, stood out for the warmth and the atmosphere of the homes.
Inter-generational interactions on a regular basis at various forums such as at schools,within families,at shelter homes and even in institutions appears to be a useful form of interaction for sharing values, accepting change and building a culture of inclusiveness and acceptance of diversity.
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