Urban Jungle: Why is Chennai no city for old people?

My ‘Urban Jungle’ column in The Hindu today is here and it looks at the plight of people who literally fall by the wayside in Chennai, and whether they stand a chance of being rescued. The story is centred around this old man who has collapsed in a quiet corner of Kodambakkam, across the road from the Risen Redeemer’s Church in United India Colony.

Social worker Santosh Kumar of HelpAge India with the old man in Kodambakkam, before shifting him to Royapettah Hospital

I have posted it here with a question on older adults in Chennai because there is a helpline that is supposed to work for their welfare. What I found is revealing. Based on my column, The Hindu’s Chennai bureau wrote a piece on the helpline, and you can read that here.

What is view on the prospects for older citizens who want to live in this increasingly crowded city? You could comment here on the blog or on the website of The Hindu.  If you want to explore HelpAge India’s website, it is here.


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