Driving to the last session of our Eden Associate training this morning, I heard this poignant piece about the plight of older people in India, which struggles to meet the needs of its aging population. (http://www.npr.org/templates/story/story.php?storyId=128196971)
There is no Social Security and most Indians have no pension. The infrastucture is woefully inadequate for support outside of multigenerational family dwellings. The younger generations’ emigrations abroad have also added to the strain.
By the same token, reporter Sandip Roy profiles an older Indian woman living in California, who looked at aging options for her in the U.S., and decided she would be better off moving back to India. It seems the “land of opportunity” has few acceptable answers for the aged as well.
Is there a country for old people?