Other intervention measures
Recreational measures included visit to the
cinema and the temples in the vicinity. The student groups
from the schools and colleges visited the villages and provided
recreation and snacks for the elderlies. Other recreational
measures were already in existence-Gathering of the elderly
in the local chavadi, where some of them read the news papers
and listen to the radio programme, participating in yearly
local temple festivals etc. As many as 70% expected increased
organisation of recreational activities. In a few instances
the subjects who were destitutes and homeless, arrangements
were made through the project social workers to admit them
into the 'Homes for the Aged'. About one-third of the sample,
mainly those with no family and the uncared favoured starting
of Old-age homes in rural areas.
Among the bereaved subjects, following the
death of the spouses, suitable psychological intervention
was carried out as a part of rehabilitation.
The most significant observation has been
that a large number of elderly subjects used to delight themselves
in attending the Clinic at the PHC and the Centre, which besides
enhancing their morale, gave them a good degree of mobility
and social contacts.