Talk on rights, maintenance, property laws for senior citizens

Organised by Silver Talkies, an online magazine and engagement platform for senior citizens, the talk will cover the issues useful for senior citizens and families.

Did you know that senior citizens are entitled to certain benefits and provisions under the Maintenance and Welfare of Parents and Senior Citizens Act 2007? In fact the Act also provides for childless senior citizens who can claim maintenance from their relatives if needed. There are also provisions and procedure for cancellation of documents under which property has been transferred by senior citizens to children.

Unfortunately, awareness of the Act and other rights and benefits accorded to senior citizens under the Indian law remains extremely low according to a survey done by HelpAge India. One in five elders is unaware of any available redressal mechanisms; According to data of the 2014 Helpage survey, only 14% of elder abuse victims even knew the law exists.

Silver Talkies’ upcoming talk of Elder’s Rights & Maintenance Law aims to spread awareness about this not just for senior citizens but also for their families and loved ones.

This interactive talk and awareness session will be held by Senior Advocate and mediator Shiv Kumar, who has been one of the key people behind the Elder’s Helpline, set up by Bangalore City Police and Nightingale’s Medical Trust. He has established the Legal and Counselling Centre at the Helpline and has been actively working towards empowering and educating elders on their rights under the law.

The talk is being organised by Silver Talkies (, an online magazine & engagement portal for the 60+.

About Silver Talkies

Started in 2013, Silver Talkies has grown into a social enterprise for the 60+ age group. Our website highlights content focused on health and nutrition, finances, social trends and other key areas of interest for senior citizens. There’s a special spotlight on services for senior citizens and second career options, including a section on entrepreneurs and achievers over 60 years of age.

We also believe that a close-knit community of active senior citizens can make a huge difference to the post retirement years. With that in mind, Silver Talkies also organises events, talks and workshops for the 60+ age group. This initiative tries to give senior citizens the chance to experience something different or learn something new. The team has organized Art Gallery Visits, Birding Tours, Heritage Walks, Talks on Making A Will & Tax Planning, Zentangle Workshops and Second Career Workshops for seniors, among other activities.

About Shiv Kumar

Shiv Kumar is a Senior Advocate with 40 years of active practice at the Karnataka High Court. He has been actively involved with the Elders Help Line (1090) in Bangalore since its inception over 10 years ago. He has established the Legal and Counseling Centre at the Helpline and a dispute resolution process in the form of mediation, which attempts conflict resolution through the alternative process of Mediation without recourse to courts. He is a trained and certified Mediator and a Trainer of trainers at the Bangalore Mediation Centre.

He has been the author of a draft legislation exclusively for Elders that was presented for public discussion. The existing Law has drawn from such legislation. He currently organises several programmes on empowering Senior citizens and conducts workshops on educating elders on their rights under Law. He is actively involved in the Disability Sector and does work in the areas of visual impairment and mental health.



DATE: JAN 31, 2016

Time: 4-6 pm

Venue: Vatsalya Dental Centre, 3RD Floor, Krishna Arcade, Above HDFC Bank, Bannerghatta Road (Google location)

To register: Call 9980508000 & 9900025525 or email us on

To know more contact:

Nidhi Chawla: 9980508000

Reshmi Chakraborty: 9900025525


Visit us:

Find us on FB:

Note: This press note was shared by Reshmi C Chakraborthy, founder of Silver Talkies, and shared with minimal edits under the press note section meant for nonprofits and public interest messages.

Full disclosure: The author, Reshmi Chakraborthy was a columnist and writer for Citizen Matters.



Related Articles

More senior citizens looking for jobs
Making a difference in the lives of senior citizens
How to obtain Senior Citizen Cards (for men and women, aged 60 and above)
What to do if you lose various documents (Senior Citizen card, Driving Licence, Debit/credit cards)


  1. naina roth says:

    Hi I need some advice regarding senior citizen rights as now my father expired and my elder brother is harassing us.

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.

Similar Story

Bardhaman town’s tourism potential: Why it must be developed

West Bengal's Bardhaman town has immense tourism potential. Its development must prioritise sustainable tourism and civic development.

Bardhaman town, renowned for its Bengali sweets like mihidana and sitabhog, is also famous for its rich tapestry of folk culture and heritage sites. The town has immense potential for tourism. But the question arises, how much of it has been explored?   This article aims to shed light on Bardhaman's historical sites, the initiatives to promote tourism while addressing the civic issues hindering its progress, and highlight the need to balance tourism with sustainable development.  Heritage sites of Bardhaman Sher Afghan’s tomb  Located beside Pir Beharam, close to Rajbati, lies the  tomb of Sher Afghan, the resting place of the last…

Similar Story

Nam Kudiyiruppu Nam Poruppu: Is the scheme doing more harm than good in Chennai?

RWA members within the community, chosen to implement the scheme in resettlement sites in Chennai, feel alienated from other residents.

In December 2021, the Tamil Nadu government introduced the Nam Kudiyiruppu Nam Poruppu scheme for residents living in low-income, government housing and resettlement sites managed by the Tamil Nadu Urban Habitat Development Board (TNUHDB). In this scheme, residents form associations to oversee the maintenance of these sites, with the intention of transferring ownership of their living spaces back to them. This move is significant, especially for the resettlement sites, considering the minimal consultation and abrupt evictions relocated families have faced during the process. What the scheme entails The scheme also aims to improve the quality of living in these sites.…