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  • 3 challenges your parents are bound to face as they age alone

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    May 11, 2016

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      Today’s 65-year-olds are healthier, less dependent, mentally agile and more prepared for ageing than ever before. However seniors today in India are facing a new set of challenges. A study shows almost 15 million Indians aged above 60 live alone or with spouse only. In states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu alone, a quarter of the elderly population live in such all-elderly households. India is going nuclear and the concept of a joint family system is giving way at a fast rate in India, as grown-up children of seniors move to another city or country for work or study. With no grown up children and grandchildren around today’s young old are facing 3 new set of challenges.   The challenges are primarily boredom, safety and home accessibility.   Boredom If you retire at 60, what will you do for the next 20-25 years ? As retirement kicks in at 60, with ...

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  • Are your parents finding their dinner time boring ?

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    March 27, 2016

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      Indian family model is changing The concept of a joint family system is giving way at a fast rate in India, as grown-up children of seniors move to another city or country for work or study. A study shows almost 15 million Indians aged above 60 live alone or with spouse only. In states like Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu alone, a quarter of the elderly population live in such all-elderly households. Eating alone has become a way of life for many of our seniors Often families came together for dinner shared their day, insights, laughter and love but the table got smaller and soon, mealtime is more of a chore than a pleasure for seniors living alone. Eating alone is increasingly common for all age groups, but may be of particular concern for seniors. Cooking for one person means they have to scale down recipes, and it’s also ...

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  • World class retirement homes are here – But are they worth it ?

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    March 19, 2016

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      Are you considering a senior citizen home for your parents ? The life expectancy and finances of many present day senior citizens are in better shape compared with earlier generations. But the concept of a joint family system is giving way at a fast rate. As grown-up children of seniors move to another city or country for work, issues like safety, health care needs and loneliness have become the core problems for seniors in India. Senior citizen homes are promising to provide solutions for financially well off seniors. But are they worth it? What are senior living homes Currently, there are about 30 ‘senior living’ projects in India with a majority of them in the suburbs of Pune, Bangalore, Chennai and Coimbatore. The sizes of the houses in the projects vary from 500-sq-ft studio apartments to 2,500-sq-ft three-BHK flats. These projects promise vibrant complexes that take care ...

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  • Is print media creating a negative image about our seniors ?

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    February 02, 2016

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      Is print media in India negative about seniors – The facts A study conducted by Archana Kaushik from the Department of Social Work in Delhi scanned over 30,000 articles covering six English and Hindi newspapers having the widest circulation and in the 30,000 articles that she scanned, she found that the print media accorded less than 1% space to the subject of the elderly. She also scanned 500 articles in leading magazines over a period of three months and could only find one article on the elderly and that too on dementia. Even this was not a full-fledged article but only dealt with the life-threatening aspects of the condition. (Again fulfilling the specter of vulnerability and hopelessness).   Creating a improper image of seniors in the minds of young Moreover whatever little space is accorded to senior citizens is primarily devoted towards perpetuating negative stereotypes. The elderly are depicted ...

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  • Pamper your parents with these services

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    February 01, 2016

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      Whether you live next door or miles away, you can always surprise your parents with these services. Thanks to internet, you could arrange for these fun filled services even while you are engaged in your own duties and responsibilities. Some of these ideas shown as slideshow below, fill the quiet leisure time of your parents with fun and gets them to stimulate and be creative.     Slideshow               Conclusion Even if we rarely doubt ourselves when making decisions for our own children, making choices for our elderly parents remains inherently ambiguous. Even though age might bring some limitations to what your loved ones can do, there are still plenty of fun things for them out there to explore. These services are suggested for your parents to keep them engaged and have fun even as they enter the phase of Emptynest. To make things easier most of these services suggested offer gift cheques, you ...

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