Why is caring for parents different from caring for children?

We often hear these phrases; “Why do they behave like kids? They are so stubborn like children!”  As our parents grow older, we play the dual roles of being parents to our children and caregivers to our parents. Is caring for our parents the same as caring for our children? Having experienced both roles, I … Read more Why is caring for parents different from caring for children?

Smart & Happy Elders’ Lounge 

A unique venture to put smiles on the face of senior citizens of the city has been opened at 68, Royapettah High Road near Swagath Hotel. The Ground Floor lounge boasts of air conditioned comfort, colourful ambience, respectful assistants and connectivity to the four corners of the metropolis. Once inside, the seniors can relax and rejoice with board games, TV, music, magazines and books. … Read more Smart & Happy Elders’ Lounge 

Top 5 constraints voiced by NRIs with ageing parents after a health setback

There are many constraints commonly voiced by NRIs when they are discussing ways to take care of their ageing parents back in India, especially after some medical event has made their parents less independent than before. Many of these constraints do not take into consideration ground realities and what is best for their parents.  This … Read more Top 5 constraints voiced by NRIs with ageing parents after a health setback

The NRI and their ageing parents.

Every week we get calls from around the world asking us the same question. “Can you recommend someone who would look after our ageing parents back in India?”. Unfortunately, in most cases the short answer is “no”. While India may be the head quarters of outsourced services for the software and back-office industries, we are … Read more The NRI and their ageing parents.

Long toenails and associated issues

Recently I visited an elderly gentleman in his home. After talking to him for a few minutes, I was just taking my leave when I noticed his toenails. They were long and uncut. I pointed them out to him and requested him to cut them down to size. Apparently he had been wanting to do … Read more Long toenails and associated issues

This is what happened to me when my parents moved in

Joy, frustration, irritation, adjustment, finally happiness! Getting your parents to move in with you is a tough proposition. When they finally agree to move in, it requires a change in the mindset of everyone. The initial euphoria on both sides slowly moves through difficult periods of adjustment leading both sides to question the decision. But … Read more This is what happened to me when my parents moved in

 What are the criteria for finding good in-home care services?

What is home health care? Home health care is the process of providing health care to people in their homes. This could include post-trauma care, post-operative care and elder care, and may range from supporting daily living activities to complete at-home ICU setup.  In this article we will restrict ourselves to home healthcare for elders. The … Read more  What are the criteria for finding good in-home care services?

How to handle a parent who has become, bitter, rude and even more stubborn as they have aged?

Though this may sound pithy, it is true that old people are like children. And sometimes, the older they get, the more child-like and/or childish they become. While this can be endearing at times, it can also be very frustrating and annoying. Not to mention, difficult to manage. If you feel that your elder loved … Read more How to handle a parent who has become, bitter, rude and even more stubborn as they have aged?

Understanding men and women in their old age

A 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 homes and retirement communities. In all of these places, women appear happier and more participative … Read more Understanding men and women in their old age

Understanding and dealing with faecal incontinence

Any form of incontinence, though may not be fatal, can surely rob the life of the affected. Faecal Incontinence (FI) is basically lack of control over defecation leading to involuntary loss of some or all of the bowel contents. This is a symptom and not a diagnosis. There can be several underlying reasons for FI … Read more Understanding and dealing with faecal incontinence