Category Archives: Opinion

Understanding men and women in their old age

depression-in-the-elderly-290x217A recent article in the Times of India talks about how men tend to get depressed in their old age while women tend to get more adventurous.

This is something we have also noticed on our trips to old age …

Senior citizens in the news

oldmanOn Google, there is a facility by which you can set “Alerts” on specific keywords and phrases. Whenever a new article, or web page  with the specified words is added/created, Google sends you a mail with the link to the …

May be it is not as bad as it seems

notbadThe two sisters came in looking for something for their dad. From their conversation with each other, one could make out that their dad was not keeping well, was stubborn and inflexible (like some seniors who have been fiercely independent …

Talk on “Preparing for an ageing India”

I was recently invited to give a talk at the Rotary Club of Madras South and they very kindly recorded my talk and put it up on youtube.  I have embedded the link below.

Live-in relationships among seniors

senior_companionshipDignity foundation had a seniors companionship day last week and I was invited to moderate a debate on the concept of live-in relationships among seniors.

It was very heartening to see that Dignity was making people think about such topics …

Importance of going out

Second in our series titled “The Elephant in the Room” highlighting common issues we tend to ignore.

senior_day_outMany old people, especially those with even minor balance issues, incontinence issues or other mobility issues, gradually lose their confidence and stop …

The Elephant In The Room – your parents need you.

elephant_in_the_roomThis is the first in a series of short articles titled “The elephant in the room” (TEITR), which will highlight many facts and realities about the life of senior citizens in India that most of us tend to ignore/avoid.

This …

Adopting parents – Winds of change?

There is new TV commercial for Havells Fans where a couple enter an old age home and ask to adopt parents as they have none.  Very nice idea – may even inspire someone to try it.

 

Have you heard …

New York times looks at family care giving from an NRI Perspective

New York times blog regularly covers issues relating to senior citizens in USA.  Many of the issues addressed are relevant to India as well.  Their latest entry talks about how NRIs cope with long-distance caring situations where the parent(s) live …

“Senior citizen” in the news!

Just on a whim, I typed “Senior citizen” and searched the news on Google.  The snapshot of the first page results are shown below.  Almost every news item is about senior citizens beaten up or murdered or something along those …