Chennai-based founding father of Old is Gold and writer Sanjay Dattatri talks about his ebook ‘The Home Stretch: Family Caregiver’s Handbook’, a delicate information on elder care which throws gentle on the wants of our ageing inhabitants
“In our country, with the culture of the joint family disappearing due to various reasons, the percentage of elderly parents living by themselves has drastically increased. The pandemic has further aggravated their plight, and added another dimension to this issue,” says Sanjay Dattatri, writer of The Home Stretch: Family Caregiver’s Handbook(Penguin).
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Sanjay, a software program engineer, within the final seven years has been engaged on numerous initiatives to make the lives of the aged in India higher. He has been working Old is Gold, a retailer completely for senior residents, in Chennai together with two of his buddies for the previous 5 years. He provides, “There was already a certain amount of isolation and with the pandemic they became completely left to themselves, with no visitors and they could not even seek any assistance from relatives or friends either.”
“The pandemic has taken away the social life of the geriatric population and further isolated them in their twilight years. I observed that their interpersonal skills were affected and depression among the elders is now common,” he says. The writer had spent a few years caring for his bed-ridden mom; the ebook displays his caregiving expertise and interactions with docs, counselors, senior residents and different caregivers.
‘To construct a happier life’
Sanjay’s ebook is an empathetic, helpful information that seeks to simplify caregiving and equip readers with the instruments and steering required to construct a safer, happier and extra comfy life for the elders round them.
“I often come across women in their 80s taking care of their 90-year-old invalid husbands single handedly. I also once came across a woman in her 70s caring for her 100-year-old father-in-law, 88-year-old mother-in-law and 90-year-old mother, with little help from her husband or other family members,” says Sanjay. Most typically, the little children, typically dwelling overseas or in different places in India, assume that sending cash would suffice.
From recommendations on sustaining their well being and independence to caring for the bedridden, the ebook covers a variety of subjects to satisfy the progressively difficult wants of ageing family members.
One explicit subject, distant caregiving, is of larger relevance in the course of the pandemic. “I suggest that families organize video calls on a regular basis to stay in touch with the elders. The pandemic has encouraged this trend and I am glad that technology brings cheer to elders. During one-on-one calls there may not be much to talk about, but when siblings and cousins get together on a video call much can be discussed and elders overcome their loneliness,” says Sanjay.