Category Archives: Introduction

Activities of Daily Living – Definition

adlAs you start searching for an ideal retirement community for yourself, you will come across many terms that you may not understand immediately. One such is Activities of Daily Living (ADL).

Activities of Daily living is a term used in medical care to represent those activities that we need to perform during the course of the day as part of self care.…

Retirement for Indian women – a pipe dream?

chained to kitchenEarly yesterday morning one of our customers called me to order a few things. She is in her early 80’s and her husband is in his mid-80’s and suffering from Alzheimer’s. As usual, she used this opportunity to share with me some of the problems she had been facing recently.…

Retirement communities – A good option for safe living

retirement-home-kodaikanal-villaSenior citizens around the country are at cross roads today.  The traditional support that the joint family system provided has disappeared and neither the government nor the private sector have stepped in to fill this gap, which means that senior citizens are often left to fend for themselves.

An old lion moves into a new den

In the newspaper today is an article about Richard Attenborough, the director of such hits as Gandhi, A Bridge too far, Cry Freedom and Chaplin(1992) moving into a retirement home due to ill health.

Age catches up with the best of us and moving into a retirement home or a care home can provide far superior comfort for the elders and their care givers than any home, however well equipped, can.  …

Reinterpreting Old age homes

oldagehomeFor the average Indian, the term “Old Age Home” conjures up images of destitute homes run by poor charities and populated with homeless people.  It is also tightly associated with a lot of negative emotions and conditions such as feeling unwanted, feeling deserted by children,  depression, destitution, poverty, terminal illness, disease and isolation.…

How we classify retirement communities.

 

Retirement communities come in many hues. Just because a new (or old) gated community is marketed as a retirement community does not mean that it can take care of all your needs as you grow older.

While there are many ways of classifying retirement communities(by location, by price, by quality,…), one meaningful way is to group them based on the level of service they provide.…

Introduction

Here’s the good news. There are a number of retirement communities coming up in India to cater to the ageing middle class population. These retirement communities are affordable, and are built with the elderly in mind so that they can have all the creature comforts during their silver years.…