Specialised ‘Baithak’ corner for elderly comes up at Sector-17 Plaza, Chandigarh

Specialised ‘Baithak’ corner for elderly comes up at Sector-17 Plaza, Chandigarh

Senior citizens at ‘Plaza Baithak’ in Sector 17, Chandigarh, on Wednesday. Tribune photo

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Chandigarh, October 13

UT Adviser Dharam Pal today inaugurated “Plaza Baithak”, a specialised corner for senior citizens, at the Sector 17 Plaza here in the presence of Deputy Commissioner Mandip Singh Brar. The corner was developed by the Chandigarh branch of Indian Red Cross Society.

This was a much-needed project. A dedicated place was required in the city where elderly people from diverse backgrounds could meet and interact comfortably. The idea behind setting up this special corner at the Plaza was to make the elderly feel important and give them a special place to relax for a while. There is a makeshift seating arrangement for around 20-25 people, along with a provision for daily newspapers, magazines and some indoor games such as chess and carrom. Some physiotherapy modalities too are being provided for safe and effective physical activity.

The timings will be between 11 am and 7 pm. This is the space where senior citizens can spend some quality time with their peer group and socialise in an eco-friendly environment. They can sit, read and enjoy in the Plaza. This project may create awareness among the youth of the City Beautiful about responsibilities towards elders.

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