Press Release Summary: Maitraban.org - A happy home for senior citizens situated in Maharashtra, India.
Press Release Body: Maitraban (http://www.maitraban.org) is a social project by Gandhe Jeevanchaya foundation. The foundation was established in November 2001 and is registered with the registrar of societies and charity commissioner. The registration number is Maha/1033/01 & F18727-Nagpur.
The life expectancy is ever increasing, thanks to new inventions in science and medicine fields. In today\'s fast pace of life and flat culture the joint families are becoming extinct. The ever increasing housing costs and shortage of space made the concept disappear faster. The impact of disappearing joint family culture is mainly felt by the elderly people in the house. Moreover, entry of Western culture in educated Indian families added to the miseries of senior citizens in their own home. Their needs, wants, facilities, problems (physical and psychological) are being overlooked by the young people for want of time. The Gandhes resolved to do something about it - that germ of idea has today grown into Maitraban.
What is Maitraban ?
Maitraban - a forest of friends - is a cosy village, specially constructed for senior citizens.
After taking into consideration all the needs and wants of elderly person, a beautiful residential township (not an old age home) has been built by the foundation.
It is thought that township will be of best use to people who,
* do not have their own children to look after * have children settled abroad & are unavailable * having successfully executed all domestic responsibilities, are now looking for a happy life, free of all usual hassles * Want to stay away from their home, just temporarily.
In the twilight years of life, when you have fulfilled all your family responsibilities, you\'re physically and mentally fit and active, you would like to stay in a house which is away from the hustle bustle of the city, which is in a peaceful, picturesque and pollution free atmosphere. A home, with a company of like-minded and of same age; friends, a home where friendly discussions and exchange of thoughts is the way of life. Maitraban is a project which precisely fulfills your this dream.
It is not Home for the Aged or Vruddhashram.
We at Maitraban do not want to call it an old age home because old age home brings a very disheartening, gloomy picture. A place where there\'s no scope of light and a ray of hope in the lives of the inmates, a place where there is no dignity to the life, a place where food is ritual.
In general an old age home is synonym for a dingy place with a common dormitory type accommodation and equally horrible food. A place for the people, who are unwanted by children and society, and are uncared and waiting for the final day. We at Maitraban have tried very hard to remove this stigma of an old age home, and therefore we even avoided the use of word old age home. We call it Maitraban - a forest of friends. A place where the atmosphere is full of happiness, cheerfulness, a place full of comfort, homely and above all where you can pursue your hobbies. A place completely free from pollution, full of care and love.
Every one has to retire from service or business one-day. Similarly one can think of retirement from the family responsibilities and it is also beneficial from the point of view of the new generation. Therefore it is necessary to have a place of rest for people who are mentally and physically fit and who are from well-to-do families. This is the basic concept of the Maitraban and the planning and development was done with this thought only.