Eas­ier Bond­ing

India Today - - GAME-CHANGERS -

Bring to­gether peo­ple in the same age- group, with sim­i­lar in­ter­ests and eco­nomic sta­tus.

Mira Bhav­nani came to Dig­nity Life­style Re­tire­ment Town­ship in Neral, Ma­ha­rash­tra, with her hus­band, who had Parkinson’s, in 2009. When her hus­band passed away 10 months later, her US- based chil­dren ex­pected her to move in with them. But she had other plans. “They’re busy with their lives,” says Bhav­nani. “I thought, ‘ What’s wrong with Dig­nity?’”

Bhav­nani, 68, is now set­tled in Dig­nity and en­joys play­ing rummy with Arunima Ghosh, a di­vorcee whose chil­dren live in Aus­tralia. De­spite ini­tial hic­cups, Ghosh has also made Dig­nity her home and loves spend­ing her evenings en­joy­ing the view of the hills that sur­round the town­ship. “Peo­ple spend money to visit such places,” says Ghosh, “And we live here.” It costs Rs 10,000 per per­son or Rs 17,000 per cou­ple monthly to avail of the fa­cil­i­ties.

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