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The Concept of Community Senior Living in India
The concept of community senior living or senior citizen living is a recen...
Minor details like housekeeping was taken care of, and the leisure time could
be gainfully spent either browsing through t...
Of course, the elderly mamis living in the group turn out looking really smart in
their colourful Kancheepuram silk saris ...
Author bio
Ananya Shelters through its signature project Ananya’s Nana Nani Homes
envisages an adorable residence for the ...
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The concept of community senior living in india

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The concept of community senior living or senior citizen living is a recent
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The concept of community senior living in india

  1. 1. The Concept of Community Senior Living in India The concept of community senior living or senior citizen living is a recent phenomenon in India. Prior to this the joint-family system of life seemed to work perfectly well. Most people were part of extended joint families comprising grandfathers, grandmothers, uncles, aunts, and cousins all living together. While this system had its own advantages like providing around the clock security and ready baby-sitters for families that had infants, privacy was something that was quite hard to find. With the evolvement of the concept of nuclear families, and ambitious young men and women seeking greener pastures abroad, the idea of exclusive senior citizen communities living in groups of likeminded people became quite popular. These settlements took care of not just the basic needs like food and shelter but went a step further and provided personalized medical care and attention.
  2. 2. Minor details like housekeeping was taken care of, and the leisure time could be gainfully spent either browsing through the books in the library, browsing the Internet, or playing a game of tennis (for the fitter people in the group) or simply settle down for a game of carom, chess or bridge. Most of these senior citizen homes went a step further to create a sense of staying in a home away from home for the senior citizen living in the community. The festival season was given great importance to, starting with the Dussehra festival, otherwise popular known as kolu or navarathiri, which was celebrated for a period of nine days, culminating in Vijayadasami. These senior citizen housing settlements believe in celebrating many other festivals like Pongal and Diwali as well with great fanfare. The residents never feel they are away from home, actually they seem to enjoy these festivals a lot more as they get to spend time with likeminded people belonging to more or less the same status. Dance and music also seem to be part and parcel of the festive activities, where youngsters visit these people and participate in the various cultural events organized thoughtfully by the management of most retirement homes that dot the landscape.
  3. 3. Of course, the elderly mamis living in the group turn out looking really smart in their colourful Kancheepuram silk saris and show their handiwork through the colourful kolams that have intricate designs and patterns. The men folk are content to be observant bystanders, though they would never want to miss the variety of sundals that are offered as prasadam. While the womenfolk exchange thamboolams and manjal and kunkumams, the men indulge in idle gossip covering what’s the latest in the US where their children live.
  4. 4. Author bio Ananya Shelters through its signature project Ananya’s Nana Nani Homes envisages an adorable residence for the retired with best ever modern day amenities and dedicated residential services to make life after 50s stress free, self-reliant and enlivening.

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