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A day specially dedicated to the golden agers

Marking the World Senior Citizens’ Day, Rotaract Club of Apeejay Stya University (ASU) organise a special visit to Golden Stick Old Age Home in Delhi

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Every year on 21 August, World Senior Citizens’ Day is observed to recognise the contribution of elders towards society and its people. The day serves as an opportunity to appreciate their efforts, accomplishments, and dedication towards family as well as country. At the same time, this special day is dedicated to further increase awareness about the problems concerning every senior citizen. 

In line with the above-mentioned thought, Rotaract Club of Apeejay Stya University (ASU), Gurugram, organised “DUA”, a special visit to Golden Stick Old Age Home in Delhi.Apeejay students and members of the Rotaract Club enthusiastically visited the old age home to spend the day with the golden agers. 

Together, they had a great time playing games like Tambola and Antakshari. “Everyone enjoyed it thoroughly. We also distributed items like fruits, sweets, sandwiches, biscuits and juices that we took along with us as a token of appreciation. We also distributed special gifts for the winners of Tambola. We had a lovely time there, speaking to everyone and we learnt how happy we can make everyone with our small gestures,” said Rtr. Archita Rath, President of Rotaract Club of Apeejay Stya University, Gurugram. 

Sharing her experience from the visit, Rtr. Vanshita Singh, Event Head said, “Infancy as well as old age are mostly referred to as the most delicate stages of human life. One needs the most care and affection, physically, mentally as well as emotionally,  in these stages. Thus, the children need to take care of the parents in their old age. But sometimes it’s a matter of immense grief that few of them have become insensitive to this duty and are escaping from it. Thus, they are leaving their parents in an old age home. In my opinion, there should be no old age homes in any part of the world. Let all the care and affection come from the family itself, which they had once served.” 

She further added, “The visit to this old age home was a fulfilling experience for me as I came back home with not only memories, but also some valuable lessons. When I reached home, I ran straight to my mother and hugged her tight saying that I would never abandon her and my father when they grow old. She held me tight with teary eyes.”

Rtr. Apurva Gupta, Event Co-chair said, “It was great meeting everyone. The elderly people were so happy but also got emotional while sharing their life experiences with us.  It was a heartfelt experience for me and I feel we should organise more such initiatives.” 

A cake cutting ceremony was also held to celebrate this auspicious day. “The visit to an old age home was a fulfilling experience where the residents bubbled with energy, hummed to the tune of evergreen songs with us. They proved that the sense of love, care and togetherness is all what we need to live a happy life. One should find happiness in every small thing. There will be many situations in our life when we will feel low, but our one step towards our happiness can make a big difference,” expressed  Ashita Goel, second-year student with ASU.

Third-year student from B Tech branch Hiya said, “It was very refreshing to see the elders participate in the games with enthusiasm. Despite their age, they were very high spirited. It was wonderful interacting with them and hearing little bits from their life experience.”

Harshita is Assistant Editor at Apeejay newsroom. With experience in both the Media and Public Relations (PR) world, she has worked with Careers360, India Today and Value360 Communications. A learner by nature, she is a foodie, traveller and believes in having a healthy work-life balance.

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