(Usman farooqi, karachi)

International older persons day annually celebrated on every 1st October in the world. People celebrates every year to appreciate older people and senior citizens around the world.

The United Nations General Assembly has select the older persons day on 1st October.

This is the day to remember by raising awareness about issues upsetting the seniors, such as elder abuse and disrespect in society. They are the one who makes our society more good by their experience. Every senior citizen should have the chance to fulfil their potential in dignity and equality.

They should have rights to health applies , free check ups, regardless of age, ability, gender, geographical location, socio-economic status without discrimination of any kind. But many health systems around the world struggle to reply to the complex and diverse health needs of older people. The WHO has been playing a significant role in celebrations, and energetically promoting public awareness of the day. Discussions have been held relating to the ageing population, providing satisfactory health supplies, volunteer work as well as social work.

Our senior citizens have enough knowledge, patience and a life full of experiences behind them. While the young generation is more active physically, energetic and enthusiastic. Older people often give experiences to the young generation for their betterment. They have enough experience and tolerance to handle the situations. They are very important to us. Without older persons in our life we are nothing. We should gain experience from them.

The wisdom of an experienced elderly person can be a strong guiding force for the untrained, fresh minds. A very good example is of Mr. Muhammad Ali Jinnah, who had wisdom, intellect and years of experience behind him. He relied strongly on the youth knowing that they will be the driving force with him in pursuit of independence. Our leader Quaid e azam Muhammad ali Jinnah sets great example for the young generation that they can do anything what they want. If you struggle hard you will definitely succeed.

Some key points we should take care for senior citizens are given below:

1: Give respect to them:

They want nothing but respect!
Each senior citizen should be given due respect and importance by the youngsters and by the society who in turn can learn and benefit from their experiences, knowledge and views.

2: Follow Islam teaches:

We must not also forget that Islam teaches us to respect and care for the elderly. Every elder person should be made to feel equally useful and important as they were once in their prime.

3: Media should play role in society for older persons:
Media and government should arrange seminar or programs for raising awareness and they give attention to them.

4: Society should come forward:
It is the duty of the society to look after senior citizens and their welfare.

5: Government should play role:
Without government’s interest and support, media’s backing and involvement of the private sector, this issue like all others, will remain unresolved. Following are few suggestions that require immediate attention of both the government and the private sector in order to help uplift the status of senior citizens;
6: Give basic facilities:
Senior citizens should have basic facilities of life including a Hospital, Shopping Centre, Club, Golf Club, Park etc. within its premises.Free Medical facilities for the elderly

7: Sponsors project:
-Government/Private Sector sponsored projects and setups to provide employment opportunities and work facilities to the senior citizens in Offices, Factories and any other financial earning opportunities etc

8: Free education for them:
Free education for those who want to study with online facilities.

9: Free Electricity in the area.
This law can be applied of free electricity for senior citizens.

10: Monthly pay:
A monthly Wazifa of Rs. 20,000 minimum per person by the government for the elderly.

11: Free Transportation for older persons:
Above the age of 60, transportation should be free of cost
We should respect them every day, they are very important and experienced for youngsters. Senior Citizens are equally useful to the society in every way. Old age doesn’t mean that their potential or talent has drifted away. They are very much like their successors and in some cases, better. It is up to the society to realize their value. Media should play its important role in educating the society in this respect etc. we should came forward for their benefits. Government should announce free of cost for them on this special day so they can feel good as a part of our society.

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