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I'm still in India, in my volunteering assignment in Chennai. I'm writing to tell you what an incredible trip we are having in southern India.
I have such fond memories of our trip to Jaipur. It looks as if I shall be out again for the March trip and bringing my son as well.
Ferociousness of life have contributed to the misery of elders with none to depend on, no means of income, no emotional security making them destitute with a question, about how to carry on with their lives. The growing intolerance among youth, coupled with their inability to adjust with the elderly, is just one of the prime reasons for the rise in the number of old age homes in India.
The fading joint family system in India and other innumerable factors have given rise to west-inspired phenomena of old age homes. Surprising cost of living and scanty return on savings have almost pushed these senior citizens on roads. Such an act has scattered the security net of the helpless, which has almost vanished in many states in India.
They have started walking out of their own home in search of a journey that promises peace, joy and celebration of life with a group of people who share the same boat of life. There are 728 Old Age Homes in India today. Out of these, 325 homes are free of cost while 95 old age homes are on pay & stay basis, 116 homes have both free as well as pay & stay facilities and 11 homes have no information. A total of 278 old age homes all over the country are available for the sick and 101 homes are exclusively for women.
We encourage guests visiting the vast and beautiful country to spare some time and thoughts for the elderly Read a book, Spend time conversing with them in their little gardens or just take them for a walk .The elderly love their precious outings.
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