The meaning ofempowerment has not been defined. The basic meaning of empowerment is tochange. The elder of today and tomorrow plays an important role in creating andpromoting a cultural peace in the family. Although elder people constitute halfof the world’s population as they considered to be powerless. At times it seemsthat the only population in the world that does not need empowerment is that ofhealthy, skilled and educated people.
Now a day’s, older people is having different expectations and thatwill continue to change The first fundamental duty of the State inpromoting empowerment is guaranteed by the rule of law, providing a legalframework of rights, and implementing strategies which enables elderly peopleto realize those rights. Article 41, Article 47, entry 24 in concurrent list ofschedule VII of constitution of India talks about which has particularrelevance to old age social security. The right of parents, without any means,to be supported by their children is recognized by section 125(1) (d) of theCode of Criminal Procedure 1973. Various schemes were made by the governmentlike National Council for Older Persons (NCOP), Integrated Programme for OlderPersons (IPOP), National Old Age Pension (NOAP) Scheme for the empowerment ofthe elder people. .
Elder people have a wealthof skills and experiences, they have lived through such situations that otherscan’t even think, and yet we continue to dismiss these lifetimes of experienceswhen they begin to need care and support and instead people become a list ofcare needs. We can conclude that the beneficiaries amongthe elder persons for various schemes and programmes initiated by thegovernment are very insignificant when compared to the very high size ofpopulation. There is need to protect and nourish the institution of the familyand provide such support services as would enable the family to cope with itsresponsibilities of taking care of the elderly.