Feature Story

The elderly are neglected and "forgotten"

Needs care and love
Thinking for glorious past.....
A slice of Indian Life
There are people in the world so hungry, that God cannot appear to them except in the form of bread.
A Senior Citizen in Punjab, India
A progressive farmer in Punjab, India
Daughters are caretakers....
love the mood.....

Thousands of elderly people are being abused and neglected in their homes by their family members and society. In some cases the treatment is so appalling that the pensioners have left 'wanted to die'. It comes after studies exposing the shocking standard of care for old people in hospitals and care homes across the globe. The elderly are neglected and "forgotten" by society because people don't want to be reminded of their own mortality

Most people in this stage of life with depression have been experiencing episodes of the illness during much of their lives. People believe that mental disorders are rare and "happen to someone else." In fact, mental disorders are common and widespread.

In developed Nations like United States of America, the older population (persons 65 years or older) in 2009 was 39.6 million. They represented 12.9 percent of the U.S. population, about one in every eight Americans. Report says that in 2030, there will be about 72.1 million older persons, more than twice their number in 2000. This will mean more demand for elderly care facilities in the coming years.

In developing nations like Nepal due to health and economic benefits, the life expectancy jumped from 27 years in 1951 to 65 in 2008. Most elderly Nepali citizens, roughly 85 percent, live in rural areas. Traditionally, parents live with their children, and today, it is estimated that 80 percent of the elderly do. This number is changing as more children leave home for work leading to loneliness or mental problems in Nepali elderly.

In Thailand it has been observed global pattern of an enlarging elderly class: as fertility control is encouraged and medical advances are made. The Thai government is concerned about this trend, but tends to let families care for their elderly members rather than create extraneous policies for them. As of 2011, there are only 25 state sponsored homes for the elderly, with no more than a few thousand members of each home.

India's cultural view of elderly care is similar to that of Nepal's. Parents are typically cared for by their children into old age, most commonly by their sons. It should be noted that in these countries, elderly citizens, especially men, are viewed in very high regard. Traditional values demand honor and respect for older, wiser people. India is facing the same problem as many developing nations in that its elderly population is increasing tremendously, with a current estimate of 90 million over the age of 60.

My appeal to everyone- They need care from the family members as they are old. But in this world, the respect, love and care are diminishing towards such people. People forget that one day they will also reach at this stage and neglected by the youngsters. Just remember an idiom "As you sow, so shall you reap" I pray almighty, for a better life for all the elderly people. Let us think twice before we neglect such people in the society.

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32 responses

  • Lauren Nicole

    Lauren Nicole (Deleted) said (4 Jul 2013):

    Beautifully said! I agree with you on how our society does not have high respect and care for our elders. To think of it, it's sad that they (the elders) were the ones to take care of their children, yet their children do not want to do the same when they need it the most.

  • Thad Zajdowicz

    Thad Zajdowicz (Deleted) gave props (5 Jul 2013):

    Saroj, this is a powerful photodocumentary if ever there was one -- congratulations and thanks

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (5 Jul 2013):

    Excellent photo essay, Saroj. Each of us has much to give, especially the wisdom that age brings. Well done.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (6 Jul 2013):

    Thank you my dear Claire for your kind nomination. I appreciate your feelings.

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (7 Jul 2013):

    Well written narrative and photography. My late mother was fortunate to live to be 102 before she passed away. Toward the end of her life she needed more help than what we could give her. She suffered from dementia the last few years of her life and had other physical problems...We did the best we could to help her throughout the years when she moved from the home place to an apartment. but it became necessary to have to place her in a compassionate caring nursing home when she was 101 years old where she received excellent care, around the clock help. We visited her as often as we could until she passed away. You got my vote for your feature story.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (7 Jul 2013):

    Thanks Andrea ... sad after knowing about your mother. You have done the great job... No doubt about it. Thanks for voting my story...

  • JPG

    JPG   gave props (7 Jul 2013):

    Congrats on being The Story of the Week!

  • Andrea Petersen

    Andrea Petersen said (7 Jul 2013):

    Congratulations Saroj for the story of the week ..Well deserved.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (7 Jul 2013):

    Thank you JPG for nominating my story. I am really grateful to you.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (7 Jul 2013):

    Thank you Andrea for your appreciation.

  • Mike Melnotte

    Mike Melnotte gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    Excellent story and images, Saroj. Congratulations!


    ROCIO GUILLEN gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    Congrats Saroj on being The Story of the Week, well deserved. Voted!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (8 Jul 2013):

    Thanks Mike and Rocio....

  • Michele Wambaugh

    Michele Wambaugh (Deleted) said (8 Jul 2013):

    Congrats on your story of the week! WELL DESERVED, my Friend! This is FAB work! Bravo!!! voted, of course!!!

  • Donna Mullins

    Donna Mullins (Deleted) gave props (8 Jul 2013):

    Many congrats Saroj!

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain said (8 Jul 2013):

    Thanks Michele and Donna for your kind words

  • Claire Crocker

    Claire Crocker gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    Glad to see that this well-deserving work was recognized as SoW!

  • rekha nag

    rekha nag gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    Congrats Saroj! am so happy for u! well deserved! :)

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    Thanks Claire and Rekha for your kind words.

  • Deborah Downes

    Deborah Downes gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    Congratulations, Saroj. Powerful combination of words and images regarding a topic that's all too often neglected.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    Thanks Deborah.

  • Evelyne Schulte

    Evelyne Schulte gave props (9 Jul 2013):

    Congrats, Saroj! Voted!

  • Carol Arntsen Masiak

    Carol Arntsen Masiak gave props (10 Jul 2013):

    Congratulations, Saroj - excellent and well deserved!

  • Fred Moskey

    Fred Moskey gave props (10 Jul 2013):

    Excellent story! Wonderful photos to go with it too. Back in my working days I saw some of the problems the elderly had. Now I am one of them, without the problems of course, I am still fairly active for my age. Thanks for the great story and photos.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (10 Jul 2013):

    Thanks Evelyne, Carol and Fred for your kind words

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Jul 2013):

    Hell YEAH! Rad!

  • John Linton

    John Linton gave props (11 Jul 2013):

    Congrats on making Story of the Week!

  • Geoff Plant

    Geoff Plant gave props (14 Jul 2013):


  • R L

    R L gave props (12 Aug 2013):

    A wonderful photo essay, beautifully expressed in words and pictures. You have my vote!

  • Aloha Montgomery

    Aloha Montgomery said (20 Aug 2013):

    Oh my ... such an important message and so well presented. In our fast paced world our elders seem to be losing their place in our societies. It is so sad. They have wisdom that the younger generations need, and they have needs that the younger generations should honor and provide. Thank you for your work on this. The pictures and the story touch the heart.

  • Carol Holmes

    Carol Holmes said (28 Jul 2014):

    Congratulations, Saroj. Heartfelt story with beautiful photographs. Well deserved. You inspire me.

  • Saroj Swain

    Saroj Swain gave props (28 Jul 2014):

    Thank you!!!

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