Malls, they say, are for the young. They seem to be built for children and teens, who, with their deep reserves of energy, can go from one end of the hallway to the other without feeling the slightest bit of exhaustion. But what about our senior citizens? How do they get to enjoy the mall without feeling drained?
This is where S.I.L.Y.A. enters the picture with a unique solution: rocking chairs!
A Blessing in Disguise
The brainchild of Tito Lorete Alcala, the rocking chairs you see in malls and airports have become a unique and personal advocacy for the urgent care of our elderly. The idea came to mind when Alcala was stranded in North Carolina due to a snowstorm. He chanced upon a cluster of rocking chairs at the airport and was grateful as he was able to rest in one of them. That was when he thought of bringing the project to the Philippines.
The Future is Golden
S.I.L.Y.A. (an acronym for Sa Iyo Lolo at Lola Yantok Aming Alay) has over 500 chairs stationed around the country. By providing appropriate seating for senior citizens, the foundation appeals to establishments to open not just their doors, but also their hearts, to the concerns of the elderly. S.I.L.Y.A. has even made mini rocking chairs for children as a way to enlighten and inspire the younger generation to provide conscious care for our elderly.
In the future, S.I.L.Y.A., hopes that a law that requires every public place to have appropriate seating facilities for our senior citizens will be passed. They say they would continue to use the rocking chair as a symbol of the country’s special love for our elders.