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Age No Bar: Senior Citizens tie Knot in a Matrimonial Meet in Bengaluru

Nuclear families, career pursuits and changing lifestyle have been disrupting the life of senior citizens

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  • A ‘match-making event’ for the elderly was organised in Bengaluru
  • Human rights activist Uday Kumar highlighted how the elderly parents were being isolated by their children 
  • The Foundation aims to provide a platform for the elder citizens to choose their partner and be able to live together

BENGALURU: Staying young at heart might seem difficult in practice but huge groups of senior citizens in Bengaluru have defied the practicality of the saying by attending an elderly matrimonial meet on Sunday, June 20.

The event, organised by Anubhandana Foundation of Ahmedabad, might be a first of its kind but it has surely received a great response in the city.

“About 250 senior citizens above 50-60 years, including 150 men and 100 women came to the match-making event here. We are moved by the response, as senior citizens, including single, widowed or divorced came in search of a companion,” said Bharatbhai Patel, Anubhandana Foundation member.

The event saw senior citizens stressing the importance of having company in old age and how it is seen as a taboo in the present-day context. Human rights activist Uday Kumar highlighted how “more and more elderly people were being left to fend for themselves or neglected by their kin” and that, irrespective of the status of their ageing parents, the children are often reluctant of taking care of them in old age.

An elderly Indian couple Image Source: Wikimedia Commons
An elderly Indian couple
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“Nuclear families, career pursuits and changing lifestyle have been disrupting the life of senior citizens as their sons and daughters leave them behind after education on getting jobs or on getting married and then they live separately in the same city or other cities in India or abroad,” said Patel.

Majority of those who attended the event have been found to be in a financially decent position, belonging to middle class and upper middle class families but the lack of family time and loneliness has forced them to rethink of marriage. For most of the attendees, it is the need of companionship and someone to have around that has made them defy social and caste barriers to marry at this age.

Although the venue was Bengaluru, participants from other areas of Karnataka had made it to the list. In comparison to a 300 when it was last held in January 2014, the response this time was overwhelming with people from Hubbali, Mysuru, Mangaluru and Raichur attending it. The oldest man to attend is aged 78 years and the oldest woman is 55 years of age.

“We are doing our best to ensure single citizens get a compatible person to live with them in the evening of their life and help each other in old age. More than money, its’ care and love that matters the most in old age for such citizens, who live on their own or away from their kin,” said Patel.

About 10 out of all the attendees got engaged at the event while a dozen agreed on meeting again to discuss dates of the wedding. Many others got their details registered to find their suitable partners in various other cities.

The Foundation is known for organising  ‘match-making events’ for the elderly in many cities across the country so that the older generation isn’t deprived of company in their last stage of life.

Foundation secretary Gouri Shankar said the not-for-profit organisation aims “to provide a platform for senior citizens to meet, interact and decide whom to choose as a partner and how soon they would like to live together.”

-By Maariyah Siddique, intern at NewsGram. Twitter:  @MaariyahSid

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  • AJ Krish

    It is true that more than money, care and love matters. It is really good that Anubhandana Foundation of Ahmedabad has taken this initiative to bring the neglected elderly together.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really a great initiative. When children isolate their parents, they are left with nothing but initiatives like these might bring them back to a state where they start thinking about themselves

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  • AJ Krish

    It is true that more than money, care and love matters. It is really good that Anubhandana Foundation of Ahmedabad has taken this initiative to bring the neglected elderly together.

  • Vrushali Mahajan

    This is really a great initiative. When children isolate their parents, they are left with nothing but initiatives like these might bring them back to a state where they start thinking about themselves

  • Ramya Sarath

    Hi, your article was very interesting. to find best partner visit http://www.urbanejodi.com to know more..

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Consuming 4 Cups of Coffee Daily May Help Boost Heart Functions in Elderly

The team found that caffeine was protective against heart damage in pre-diabetic, obese mice, and in aged mice

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Consuming 4 Cups of Coffee Daily May Help Boost Heart Functions in Elderly
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Drinking four cups of coffee daily might be a healthy addiction, especially in older adults, as it can enhance the function of heart cells as well as help recover from heart attacks, say researchers.

The study, conducted on mice showed that coffee promotes movement of a regulatory protein into mitochondria — cell powerhouse — which then enhances their function to protect cardiovascular cells from damage.

The protein called p27, an inhibitor of the cell cycle, was present in mitochondria in the major cell types of the heart.

In these cells, mitochondrial p27 promoted migration of endothelial cells, protected heart muscle cells from cell death and triggered the conversion of fibroblasts into cells containing contractile fibres — all crucial for repair of heart muscle after myocardial infarction or heart attack, and did so at a concentration that is reached in humans by drinking four cups of coffee, the researchers said.

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“Our results indicate a new mode of action for caffeine, one that promotes protection and repair of heart muscle through the action of mitochondrial p27,” said Judith Haendeler from Heinrich-Heine-University’s Medical Faculty in Germany.

“…enhancing mitochondrial p27 could serve as a potential therapeutic strategy not only in cardiovascular diseases but also in improving health span,” she added.

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In the study, published in the journal PLOS Biology, the team found that caffeine was protective against heart damage in pre-diabetic, obese mice, and in aged mice.

“These results should lead to better strategies for protecting heart muscle from damage, including consideration of coffee consumption or caffeine as an additional dietary factor in the elderly population,” Haendeler said. (IANS)