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.