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Aging in India

On Saturday, 20 March 2021 10.30 a.m. - 12.00 p.m. online seminar "Aging in India" in English language

The position of the elderly in India was very high in the past. They enjoyed a high status in society with uncordial respect and references. 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 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 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.

The speakers for the inputs are:

Rev. Dr. Margaret Kalaiselvi, Principal TamilNadu Theological Seminary, India

Rt. Rev. Edwin Jayakumar, former Bishop TELC, India

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To register, please click on the Anmeldung button.

The ELMinar is free of charge and will take place via Zoom. The participation link will be emailed by March 19th.
Registration will be closed March 19th, 15:00 CET.

The Zoom conference will be open 10 minutes prior to the start of the event for participants to check their communication equipment.

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Ute Penzel
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u.penzel(at)elm-mission.net

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