The ‘UN Principles of Ageing’ (1982) is considered as the basic guidelines for promotion of the rights of senior citizens. The principles of the same are:
- Independence: Older persons should have access to adequate food, water, shelter, clothing and health care through the provision of income, family and community support and self-help. Older persons should have the opportunity to work or to have access to other income-generating opportunities.
- Participation: Older Persons should remain integrated in society and participate actively in the formulation of policies which effect their well-being.
- Care: Older Persons should have access to health care to help them maintain the optimum level of physical, mental and emotional well-being.
- Self-Fulfilment: Older Persons should be able to pursue opportunities for the full development of their potential and have access to educational, cultural, spiritual and recreational resources of society.
- Dignity: Older Persons should be able to live in dignity and security and should be free from exploitation and mental and physical abuse.