I recently took my mother-in-law to Mumbai for a family wedding. While she can walk a bit, she finds standing for extended periods and walking long distances very painful, so I ordered wheelchair support for her at the time of check-in. The Indigo airlines people (MAA-BOM) were very kind and helpful. They came and found … Read more Wheelchairs and air travel
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
On 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 relevant page. At Old is Gold Store, since we are interested in all matters relating … Read more Senior citizens in the news
The 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 all their lives are wont to be), but still very much loved. The sisters, one … Read more May be it is not as bad as it seems
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.
Dignity 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 generally considered taboo in our society and it was doubly delightful to find quite a … Read more Live-in relationships among seniors
Second in our series titled “The Elephant in the Room” highlighting common issues we tend to ignore. Many old people, especially those with even minor balance issues, incontinence issues or other mobility issues, gradually lose their confidence and stop going out of the house altogether. Given the state of the roads and traffic, we also, … Read more Importance of going out
This 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 one is about your parents needing you. If you are in your mid-forties and have … Read more The Elephant In The Room – your parents need you.
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 of such an incident? If so please share details.
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 in India and need to be monitored regularly. How many people who come to America … Read more New York times looks at family care giving from an NRI Perspective