India’s senior citizens are remarrying, romancing and dating in their twilight years. Changing dynamics Ageing well.
This March, as chilly winter paved the way for the romance of spring, love was blossoming in India’s western city of Ahmedabad.
A “matrimonial meet’’ hosted by non-profit organisation Vina Mulye Amulya Seva (VMAS) saw the attendance of over 300 single, divorced and widowed people from across the country.
However, this was no ordinary meet. All the attendees were senior citizens well into their 60s and 70s with a few even pushing 80! Kitted out in their Sunday best, the seniors — a few with walking sticks — were accompanied by their friends, children, even grandchildren!
According to Saliesh Mishra, founder president of Silver Innings Foundation, an organisation for the elderly, “More and more people are ascribing to theories which advocate that relationships can help us live longer and happier.
“We’re increasingly learning about the benefits of relationships for longevity and how to build and maintain relationships.”
Relationships, according to Mishra’s research, are an essential part of maintaining good health.
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