The Silver Surfer Programme (SSP) launched by Vibhor Rohatgi and Suyesha Dutta of Shri Ram School, New Delhi, aims to keep the elderly connected to the outside world via technology. According to the 2001 census, the number of senior citizens in India has crossed 100 million. India is home to one out of every ten senior citizens in the world. Yet, very little is being done for this section of society, which faces physical and psychological difficulties, brought on by advancing age. The ‘empty nest syndrome’ is one of the most common hurdles that plague the elderly. The onset of loneliness and depression of children relocating elsewhere is fast becoming rampant. A breakdown in support systems leaves them vulnerable to physical and mental and emotional challenges.
SSP was initiated to help senior citizens learn the use the internet, to aid them in internet banking, online shopping, social networking and writing. A dozen more of their schoolmates have joined Vibhor and Suyesha to make SSP a success. The group plans to expand this initiative to local clubs and old age homes in Delhi, reports The Time Of India.
As reported by Hyderabad City Online, “The Silver Surfer Programme (SSP), a social initiative started by us, is the epitome of the maxim ‘age is just a number.’ Age is a measure of experience, inefficiently gauged by how many candles one blows out every year. To this plenitude of experiences, we, looking to bring about a social change in society, decided to add one more…the experience known as technology,” says Vibhor.
“We called it the Silver Surfer Programme because Silver Surfer is a superhero and we consider our grandparents to be superheroes. His senses enable him to detect objects and energies light years away. Similarly, grandparents have strong intuition and can detect any problem or trouble in their children’s and grandchildren’s lives. He has even proven capable of time travel on occasions, just like our grandparents take us back to their times by narrating stories from their childhood,” adds Suyesha.
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