In India, the old have traditionally been honored and respected. Religious texts and writings enjoined upon the sons to provide all support for their old parents. Grown-up children, especially sons, provided not only financial and material support for their parents; they also provided psychological and emotional support.
Since Independence, India has been passing through a rapid socio-economic transformation, which has brought about important changes in the social profile of the people. The rapid urbanization has resulted in a shortage of housing in towns and cities, and consequently in exorbitant house rents which act as a severe constraint on the common residence of the aged with their sons, especially, but not exclusively, for migrant families.
In fact, the extended family system is gradually breaking down, yielding place to the nuclear family system. Forces of modernization, technological changes and social mobility have changed peoples lifestyles and values. These changes have adversely affected traditional respect as well as attitudes of empathy and care for the aged. The migration of younger people from rural areas to towns and cities increases the vulnerability of the old who stay behind, particularly those living in families which do not have independent production sources like land, livestock or household industry and are dependent primarily on their labour. Here comes the role of Tamil Nadu Womens Collectives- HelpAge India which help the elderly at their doorstep with their own earnings and to brings them as formidable force to fight for their rights and entitlements
We advocate with national & local government to bring about policy that is beneficial to the elderly. We make society aware of the concerns of the aged and promote better understanding of ageing issues. We help the elderly become aware of their own rights so that they get their due and are able to play an active role in society.