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In pictures: The agony of the aged
International Day for the Elderly on October 1 is meant to be a tribute for those who lived life as it came.
Last Modified: 01 Oct 2012 07:06

October 1 is observed every year by the United Nations as the Day for the Elderly to remember the millions worldwide in the autumn of their lives.

It's meant to be a tribute for those who lived life as it came and never gave up - a rare opportunity to spare a thought for those now infirm, having weathered many a storm in the past.

Estimates suggest the world is teeming with the aged: currently their number stands at 605 million. In another 50 years, there will be 2 billion of them.

Many are in comfortable retirement. But an equal number, if not more, face daunting challenges. Some are destitute. Others have been forsaken by their family and friends.

As Ban Ki-moon, the UN secretary-general, reminded last year: "In the current fiscal environment, we must be vigilant in ensuring that the provision of social protection, long-time care and access to public health for the elderly is not undermined... I call upon governments  and communities everywhere to provide more opportunities for their ageing populations."

But such noble words, however, often find little resonance in the real world.

In India, for example, a survey by HelpAge India suggests that 31 per cent of the country's elderly population have faced some form of abuse in their advanced age.

Old-age homes often offer a haven for those who are vulnerable and lonely.

The Ramthakur Home in the eastern city of Kolkata provides a glimpse into the world of elders.


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Nearing 60, Gopa Basu is unmarried. An ever-smiling woman with some mental disability, she has an elder brother who pays the monthly fee at Ramthakur Old Age Home in Kolkata, India.


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 Manju Das, in her 60s, is also unmarried. Her sister often drops by at the old age home. 


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Gautam Basu, has no contact with his son.


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  Anjali Pali, who is in her 80s,talks about old times to anyone she meets passing by.


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 Sonu as they call her, has Down syndrome. Her mother adopted a boy many years ago and after she died,her adopted son started physically assaulting Sonu. Later, her neighbours took charge of her


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Binapani Chakravarthy is in her mid-80s and her grandson and his wife visit her at times.


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Kalayani Ghosh is at her mid-60s. Her sister looks after her


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Sunil KR, who is in his early 70s, was admitted to Ramthakur Old Age Home by his married daughter.


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Bibekananda Muthsuddi has been at his home for a long time with his wife. She died three months ago.


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 Parul Banerjee, is in her 70s, has been left at this home by her son.


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 Sukhomoy Banerjee was in the construction business. His son is a senior banker who works in Mumbai. Sukhomoy says, "He lives happily with his  family. And as you can see, I am also happy here! I don't depend on anyone! And that's what I am so proud of, you see!"



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 Manju Das is in her sixties. She too is unmarried. Her sister often drops by at the home. 

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 Manju Das is in her sixties. She too is unmarried. Her sister often drops by at the home. 

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Gautam Basu is seventy-seven. Earlier he lived in Salt Lake. Now, he has no contact with his son.


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Gautam Basu is seventy-seven. Earlier he lived in Salt Lake. Now, he has no contact with his son.


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  Anjali Pali is in her eighties. She talks about old times to anyone she meets passing by.

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  Anjali Pali is in her eighties. She talks about old times to anyone she meets passing by.

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 Sonu as they call her, has Down syndrome. Her mother adopted a boy many years ago. After the woman died, the man would beat up her all the time. It was then, that the neighbors took charge of her.

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 Sonu as they call her, has Down syndrome. Her mother adopted a boy many years ago. After the woman died, the man would beat up her all the time. It was then, that the neighbors took charge of her.

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Is in her mid-eighties. Her grandson and his wife visit her at times.

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Is in her mid-eighties. Her grandson and his wife visit her at times.

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Kalayani Ghosh is at her mid-sixties. Her sister looks after her

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Kalayani Ghosh is at her mid-sixties. Her sister looks after her

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Sunil Kr. was admitted at Ramthakur Old Age Home by his married daughter. He is in his early seventies. 

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Sunil Kr. was admitted at Ramthakur Old Age Home by his married daughter. He is in his early seventies. 

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Bibekananda Muthsuddi has been at his home for a long time with his wife. She died three months ago.

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Bibekananda Muthsuddi has been at his home for a long time with his wife. She died three months ago.

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 Parul Banerjee, is at her seventies, she has been left at this home by her son.

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 Parul Banerjee, is at her seventies, she has been left at this home by her son.

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 Sukhomoy Banerjee was in the construction business. His son is a senior banker who works in Bombay. Sukhomoy says "He lives happily with his  family. And as you can see, I am also happy here! I don't depend on anyone! And that's what I am so proud of, you see!.

Mon, 24 Sep 2012 00:00:00 GMThttp://aljazeera.smartgalleries.net/gallery/Elderly-Day?image_id=03dJ8RK7SM6DOSoham Gupta Al Jazeera Al Jazeera Upload Images

 Sukhomoy Banerjee was in the construction business. His son is a senior banker who works in Bombay. Sukhomoy says "He lives happily with his  family. And as you can see, I am also happy here! I don't depend on anyone! And that's what I am so proud of, you see!.



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