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How do Krishna devotees treat the senior citizens within their communities?

This is a very interesting subject because we've only recently begun to have older people in Krishna Consciousness. Our spiritual master, A. C. Bhaktivedanta Swami Prabhupada came to the West in 1965 and began Krishna Consciousness in America. At that time, most of his disciples were in their teens or twenties and it's only now that they are reaching their 60-70s. Our society is thus beginning to develop its methodology for taking care of the elderly.

Generally, a Krishna conscious family is dedicated to taking care of the older members. In India, where there are many extended families, one sees this profoundly. The wisdom and spiritual advancement of the elders is greatly respected and appreciated. The parents' contribution to their children's lives is also greatly appreciated. It's considered a debt that can never really be repaid, but to begin to repay it the children take full responsibility to take care of their aging family members.
Men especially are encouraged to dedicate their old age - a time when they finally become free from working and making money - to focus on spiritual study and teaching the younger generations about Krishna. Women generally live with family to be taken care of by their older children. They may come to live with their older sons and/or daughters and help to train their grandchildren. Both men and women are encouraged in their valuable final years to perfect their lives by fully concentrating on Krishna and realizing fully their spiritual nature. They're much more keenly aware that the body is temporary, destined to die, and that soon the soul will be free from this encumbrance.

That said, the situation in the Western countries, where many are practicing Krishna Consciousness, it's somewhat different for devotees, at least for this generation. When we joined, most of us left our families and our children are just getting situated now. Some of them aren't practicing Krishna consciousness and are living in a society and lifestyle we're not attracted to. So it has yet to be seen how the Hare Krishna movement will work this situation out. Some of our centers have established facilities for the elderly and we also have a hospital and hospice facility, but as the numbers of aging devotees increase we'll have to further develop these facilities.

I hope this is helpful. If you have specific questions you still need
answers for I would be happy to assist.
Laxmimoni dasi