SAMARTH AASHRAM

Virar, Palghar

This Ashram has been started by the Sanstha at Virar (East), Tal. Vasai, Dist. Palghar, for the homeless, helpless old people on roads. Besides providing medical facilities, we take care of all their needs. Presently there are 10 such inhabitants here.

With increasing life expectancy and decreasing fertility the population pyramid is slowly inverting leading to a narrower base and a heavier burden. Add to this a change in disease pattern and a change in the social structure - leading to the breakdown of the joint family system, and the problem of how to take care of our elderly looms large over us. In this changing environment, Old Age Security will no longer be ensured by only providing monetary support; there are physical, emotional and social factors that will need to be considered.

With increasing life expectancy and decreasing fertility the population pyramid is slowly inverting leading to a narrower base and a heavier burden. Add to this a change in disease pattern and a change in the social structure - leading to the breakdown of the joint family system, and the problem of how to take care of our elderly looms large over us. In this changing environment, Old Age Security will no longer be ensured by only providing monetary support; there are physical, emotional and social factors that will need to be considered.

Initiatives such as a single view of retirement funds, which will help them understand their current corpus and plan for the future, and a retirement planning helpline that would guide them in their choices, would go a long way in ensuring overall success of the program.