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Hindi Version of 'An Introduction to Gerontology' was published in 1996 with a view to solving the problems of Senior Citizens. Since then it is being distributed in Chinmaya Vanaprastha Sansthan (CVS) Camps all over the Chinmaya Mission Centres. It has been immensely liked by all and is accepted as a text book for Vanaprastha Sanstha.
Its popularity created a demand for its English version for persons not so comfortable in Hindi. We appreciated the need and wished to fulfil it.
Rao Ranbahadur Singh of Rewa and Swamini Vimalananda kindly came forward to translate the book. We are grateful to them and as a result of their labour the book is now in your hand in English version.
Old age, also called Geriatic age, can be something more than a time of rest. It has its own utility and meaning. It is unfortunate that the society does not give any attention to it. Because of this the elder people today are not able to spend their life in joy and peace. In addition, the society is deprived of the good that they can do.
Poojya Gurudeva Swami Chinmayananda was well aware of this problem. He also had with him the remedy for it. Therefore he established many Pitamaha Sadans in different parts of India for the welfare and guidance of the elders. In them the elder citizens can find a place to live in comfort, get training, and improve themselves to make their life meaningful by serving society.
Under this scheme of Poojya Gurudeva recently a project of training elders has been initiated. It was first organized at Allahabad from 7th to 10th February 1996 and was called 'Vridhavastha Samadhan Shivir'. Dr. Sajjan Singh, Dr. A. P. Mathur and Swami Shankarananda addressed the participants and the gist of their talks is being presented in this booklet. It is hoped that the readers shall benefit by it and join this programme.