20 October, 2020

Forget Old-Age Homes, How India's Senior Citizens Are Giving Life A Golden Lining

The United Nations Population Fund and Help Age India estimate the number of elderly people to increase to 173 million by 2026. In India, there is serious demand for housing for senior citizens

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Senior living residences provide a plethora of facilities and activities to make retirement comfortable and engaging
Forget Old-Age Homes, How India's Senior Citizens Are Giving Life A Golden Lining

On a balmy Saturday afternoon, the clubhouse of Antara in Dehradun reverberates with boisterous chatter and laughter. The elderly crowd is enjoying a cheat day—they can eat and drink whatever they like. On the horizon, verdure cloaks the foothills of the Himalayas. Birdsong and the chirping of crickets suffuse the air. Antara, the property’s website declares, is “a beautifully designed community for the progressive few who believe age is just a number.” Many Indian elderly citizens abide by this dictum and consider the term ‘old-age home’ passe. For them, the correct appellation would be senior living homes.

Chandrashekar Rao and his wife, Shaswati, both 67, are one such couple. They were batch mates in the civil services and lived a comfortable life with a stream of attendants to cater to their needs. But life took a difficult turn after retirement, when they shifted from a posh apartment in Delhi to the city’s...



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