Indian Culture is known for being collectivistic. It is extremely common for young adults in India to continue to live with their parents even after they start working. Although the number of nuclear families is on the rise a good number of adults continue to live with their parents even after they get married. Most commonly, a woman moves in with the family of her husband.
Ageing is inevitable, but to grow old gracefully is a choice. While we know that getting old is unavoidable, how we perceive this natural process depends greatly upon us. It is important to keep a positive, even humorous, perspective on aging.
Everyone experiences loneliness at times, but it is especially difficult for ageing loved ones. Older people are more vulnerable to loneliness and social isolation. Most elders prefer to remain in their own homes as they age. Loneliness can lead to depression, and with that comes ill health, according to Professor Ian Philip, an advisor to the World Health Organization and an expert on healthy ageing.
Little Abhishek, Divya, Priyanka and Shiva were very happy to get admission to a good public school to pursue their education. These children of HIV infected parents live in an orphanage in Gurgaon. However, because of starting their educational journey at a slightly later age they were finding it difficult to cope with their science and math syllabus at school. As a part of Samvedna Senior Care’s Community outreach program our club member, Mr. Chadha, a retired Government Servant, decided to volunteer his time to teach these kids mathematics. Ever since he has started teaching these kids, they are able to do their homework and they are also grasping the concepts.
Samvedna Senior Care turned 3 on 6th November! To celebrate this joyous day we had a get together at our senior club – Great Times by Samvedna. Our guests, apart from our valued members, included a team from the Cherie Blair Foundation. Our founder Archana, who was earlier associated with their women entrepreneurs programme, invited them to the club so they could learn more about our work and also get a chance to meet our members.
Years back my parents shifted to Mumbai for making a living. Now after working for many years, they decided to come back to their roots and shift their base to Gurgaon, our hometown, where I live at present, with my wife and children. Though it was difficult to move back from a place they made their own, they were looking forward to a new phase of being closer to their children and grandchildren. Even we were looking forward to this, as our children as well would get to see a new side of life.
How rightly this line summarizes what life holds for us. Each transition in life has certain pros and cons, bringing with it new adjustments. The same holds true for those individuals who are now progressing towards old age. While going through this transitory phase, there are a gamut of changes that come along, together with declining physical health adding to stress. At this stage people often have questions about their purpose and meaning of life.
Social interaction is one of the most important needs of human life. Man is a social animal and we all need to be socially active and have meaningful engagement. The joint family system gives people the opportunity to meet their socialization needs within the family. But now slowly the joint family system is reducing in India and more more eople have started living in a nuclear family.
Every individual right from birth to death is experiences different environments. External factors like time, culture, society and economic status play a significant role in shaping one’s personality, beliefs and values. Difference in experiences is one of the defining reasons for an individual’s outlook in life. Despite the differences people for a quality life it is important to work towards living in harmony. This is possible only when the difference of opinion is accepted, respected and understood.