They commanded great respect, regard, love and attention and were taken as source of inspiration, guidance and experience for the younger generation.
He wants someone to take care of his needs and share his feelings.
But in this materialist society, everybody is short of time. Even his own children, to whom he dedicates his life and his earnings, do not find time for him.
The situation becomes all the more difficult when one finds himself/herself left alone without anyone to attend him.
Indeed the loneliness and neglect associated with the old age is a rather recent phenomenon.
One of the major problems is the financial constraint which is really more difficult in case of those old persons who are not entitled to any social security and have no source of income, completely depending on their spouse or children.
People of this consumer culture do not have sufficient money to provide financial support to their parents; neither do they take it as their moral responsibility.But the situation takes a reverse turn in the old age. He becomes dependent to others largely due to his physical infirmity.He is, in fact, filled with a feeling of emotional insecurity.Diseases both minor and major always follow them and their waking hours are preoccupied with symptoms and pills, diets and therapies.Regular medical aid and assistance becomes routine at this stage of life.An old man is full of experiences and even though experiences are of immense help to the younger generation, he is taken as an unwanted burden.He himself is caught in a terrible feeling of redundancy.In childhood and youth one has parents and other close elderly kith and kin to help, cooperate and guide.Besides, one himself is full of energy, strength, stamina and courage.After some time, the servants become familiar with everything in the household, they rob them of all their belongings, often become cruel enough to kill them and ran away.The news of such incidents are frequent in national dailies.