One of our elders decided to celebrate her daughter-in-laws birthday by treating the residents of Tollygunge Home with a lunch. We talked with the happy group of elderly to understand how they spend time and enjoy their life together. Some are engrossed with their own creativity, some volunteering in running the office. But one common thread - all who are capable does their own chores, and all are enjoying together in the huge piece of greenery in the heart of south Kolkata. the 100 plus year old buildings beside the pond full of ducks adding to the grandeur of the place.
Age is no bar to have fun, neither is weather or health. It is all about the mind-set. Lot of our elders proved it once we were able to kindle their desires - having phuchka on the roadside after years, going for a walk in the neighbourhood, mingling with the kids, going to Am-utshov to celebrate the mango season, going out just for a cup of coffee (first fun outing in several months - getting a break from going out only for medical reasons), or simply fulfilling a long standing wish of wearing a helmet.
You do not need to plan big or think big - small things still matter a lot to them. We at Care Unlimited wish that our effort continue to be rewarded with these smiles.
A professor wanted to collect his pension physically as he wanted to continue to meet the people there. Collecting the pension from AG Bengal meant spending the whole day - submitting the documents, taken token, waiting for hours for his turn to collect the cheque. But he used to enjoy all these and considered this as a welcome outing with his wife.
As years passed, and he grew close to 80, waiting for the whole day without proper food was no longer fun. Moreover, he stated having challenges with signing documents. Thus completing the paper-works also became a challenge. However, changing to modern way of direct deposit to bank meant filling out a lot of form (not an easy task any longer), getting photos and signature attested by gazetted officer (older contacts are no longer working) . Thus the change posed a significant challenge in execution - and they continued to go to AG Bengal monthly to collect the pension. Once a pleasure trip is now a source of tension and anxiety.
Our team helped them to solve this problem, arranged & filed the papers on their behalf. We are rewarded with the relief of this elderly couple that they no longer need to make the monthly dreaded trip all the way to AG Bengal.