The position of the elderly in India was very high in the past. They enjoyed a high status in society with uncordial respect and reverences. Especially men had and still have that status in society, they enjoy respect of their family members and have decision making power over the families finances and property. Most of the time, the elderly were the decision makers. Their advice was accepted as law, their words were respected as words of God. The traditional knowledge came from the elderly.
People lived in a joint family in an agriculture based economy system. The family was/is the only security, the only source of maintaining, the statue and dignity of the elderly.
But isn't that not a romantic picture? Isn’t the focus on the nuclear family in India advancing transforming as well?
What kind of impact has the changing family structure to the life of old people? What kind of picture does the church carry to their members? Do we recognize the changing system and what kind of response have the churches? Are church and society bound by tradition?
What kind of picture do we have from of seniors?
By 2050, one fifth of the population in India will be over 60 years old. Extended families don’t necessarily provide care anymore.
The health system is failing. How are the elderly involved in church and society? What response do the churches have to this situation? We will explore these questions in two short inputs followed by a discussion.
March 20th, 2021 (Saturday), 10:30 to 12:00 (CET, Berlin Time Zone) via Zoom
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