(List of Old age homes and Day care center are given at the end of this write up)
It is very common, we hear people talking:
Ø sordid tale of elderly people
Ø Senior citizens face a drought of love and care as their children abandon them
Ø old age homes are for the west..
It is horrifying, as it picturize senior citizens as poor helpless abandoned by the kith and kin. Well, old age should not be a curse but a blessing, if you take it positively. Evaluate objectively, taking the change in cultural and socio economic scenario prevailing today. We blame our children for going out to other states or country for better opportunities - come to think of it, we ourselves had moved out of our ancestral village /city for better career, so why crib? Our life span has increased and generally we have a better healthy life post retirement. Children have their own family and career to look after, so let us help them as much as possible. Change your belief system that it is children’s Karthvya.
Of course there are some issues but there are solutions also.
Issue: Being alone, we may fear for our safety. There is simply no way we can defend ourselves. We know our children may not be able to come if we need them at a short notice.
Solution: Join the senior citizens’ group of your area like VCF so that help is at hand, as and when you need it. Many Sr. Citizen organisations have Helplines and liaison with local police to ensure safety.
Issue: Older people are especially vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation – and it can have a serious effect on health. But there are ways to overcome loneliness, even if you live alone and find it hard to get out
Invite friends for tea
If you're feeling down and alone, it's tempting to think nobody wants to visit you. But often friends, family and neighbours will appreciate receiving an invitation to come and spend some time with you.
Keep in touch by phone
Having a chat with a friend or relative over the phone can be the next best thing to being with them.
Learn to love computers
If your friends and family live far away, a good way to stay in touch, especially with grandchildren, is by using a personal computer or tablet. Organisations like VCF give free training on computers.
Get involved in local community activities and Hobby clubs
These will vary according to where you live, but the chances are you'll have access to a singing or walking group, book clubs, bridge, bingo, quiz nights and faith groups.
Get out and about
Don't wait for people to come and see you – travel to visit them.
A time will come when you may need constant support for physical, mental activities. The requirement varies considerably. This is the time you may move to a care home.
"To live with dignity," was the simple, four-word response by 75-year-old, when asked why she opted to move into an old age home here. No, she has not been abandoned by her children, nor was she living a life of penury. It's a choice, like many other ageing and the elderly, are making to continue living in a dignified manner into the sunset of their lives. All our lives we had lived independently and with dignity, why should we compromise on that?
Most of retirement villages have the option of independent/active living and assisted living. In the case of assisted living, the inhabitant is ill or bed-ridden and, therefore, all care is provided by the staff. They also will have a dining hall where people can opt to eat in case they don't want to cook. But it is very essential to study various aspects of care homes while selecting.
1. Manav Seva Sangh +(91)-22-24071553, 24092266, 39351500
Plot No 255/257, Sion Road, Sion, Mumbai - 400022,
Rajaram Bridge, Riverside, Near Vitthal Mandir, Karvenagar, Pune - 411 052.
4. SAPTA SOPAN – Free Day Care Facility for Senior citizens – Thane
(Joint venture of State Govt. and Institute of Psychological Health)
This is a facility for Sr.Citizens to spend their time engaged in various activities that stimulate their mind and body. It helps to promote graceful aging and prevents / delays onset of Dementia, Alzheimer, and Depression etc. Various entertainment and creative programmes like dance, play, talks, quiz, music, origami etc. are also organised periodically in the evenings.
Two Sessions: 10 AM to 12.30 PM and 2.30 PM to 5 PM
Venue: Dharamveer Nagar, Near Old Dnyan Sadhana College
For more details contact Ms. Sandhya Bhaskar 9870114693