Rationalization of family size, dispersal of younger members, career orientation, hedonism based on material consumption, decision of not marrying are some of the trends that symbolize the middleclass life in cities and metropolises in recent time. By the time the aged men and women retire from active professional life they find themselves alone and start facing the consequences of ‘rationalization of life’, which is at the same time their own and social creation. The death of one of the spouses and ailments of different kinds make them dependent on the professional service providers, and they have to live with a great deal of uncertainties, dependence and insecurities. Many of the middleclass aged, having solid economic foundation are seen moving to old-age homes (Homes), which have mushroomed in recent years, as a solution to the crisis of their own creation. The stigma that was conventionally attached to the Homes is on the wane because of the professional approach of the management and upgradation of the facilities to match the expectations of the middleclass urbanites. Three seminal findings of the paper are (a) the ill-treatment of the aged by the younger members of the family is not at all the main reason behind their movement to old-age homes, and (b) the movement to the Homes does not impact negatively upon the relationships between the aged and their family members, and (c) the desire to live a life of freedom and dignity take the aged to the Homes.
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