As a person working for the welfare of senior citizens I am always interested in meeting several of them in one place. Therefore I used to go to places where they are normally seen in good numbers. I took the help of a web group called sss-global and found out places where I can further explore looking for old people. Here is a gist of my findings. They are given no specific order, because categorization freezes free thinking!
o Senior Citizen Associations when they conduct regular meetings o Day Care Centers attached to such SCAs o In the west, McDonald outfits offer discounts to seniors in the morning hours and for early elderly lunchers: therefore, McDonald outfits. o Alzheimer’s Day Care Centers o Retirement Community Activity Rooms o Banks on first few days of the month to collect pension o Parks in the evenings to while away time o Temples to bribe Gods and to gossip and perhaps worship too! o Typical clubs and pubs to meet friends; play cards; relax with a drink o Lectures planned for senior citizens o Libraries to borrow / return or read books o Hospital out patient geriatric wards for obvious reasons o Old Age Homes and retirement facilities (senior homes) o Post Offices to deposit or collect pension or interest income o On boulevards, parks, gardens, walking or jogging paths – walkers o Locations where laughter club sessions are held o Near schools waiting to collect grand children o Any bus or train bogie carrying travelers on pilgrimage o Railway booking counters meant especially for senior citizens o Any marriage function – not necessarily reception – is full of oldies o Any Bhajan sessions, religious discourses
The listing will be useful to product or service providers for this age group. Banks offering special FD schemes, Health Insurance companies, suppliers of assistance devices etc to mention a few. If you can extend my listing I shall be happy. If you reflect deeply upon the question: “What do senior citizens do?” and try to answer “where” they do it in good numbers, I am getting you!
Dr P Vyasamoorthy Retired Librarian turned Information Consultant. Specialist in providing Information to Senior Citizens who are Indians or Indians living abroad. Moderates a Web group for Senior Citizens in India for the past 8 years. Web group: http://groups.yahoo.com/group/sss-global
He blogs at: http://vyasa-kaaranam-ketkadey.blogspot.com/ The posts in his blog are mostly his own writings dealing with retired peoples’ problems.
He has taken to writing recently for the past six months and writes in Merinews, cplash, karmayog, Triond and other sites.
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